Eliyar Alimirzoyev

Solo exhibitions
2011 ‘Art Pearls’, exhibition with Van Cleef & Arpels, Modern Art Museum, Baku
2008 Q Gallery, Baku
2001 Q Gallery, Baku Dili, East Timor
1996 V. Samedova Exhibition Hall, Union of Artists of Azerbaijan, Baku
Selected group exhibitions
2011 ‘Harmony’, exhibition of Azeri artists, YEOSAMI Cultural Centre, Seoul
2005 ‘Homme et Femme’, Museum Centre, Baku
2004 ‘Modern Art of Azerbaijan’, Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
2003 ‘Grands et Jeunes’, Gran-Prix, France International exhibition of a miniature, First Place, Gornji Milanovac, Serbia 1999 ‘Eurasian Zone, Art Manege ’99’, The Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow
1998 ‘Contemporary Art of Azerbaijan’, World Bank, Washington, D.C.
1991 ‘Exhibition of Young Artist’, Inselshtrasse-13 Gal­lery, Berlin ‘7+7’, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Co­penhagen Art Museum, Kiev ‘New Circle’, Martin Luther King Library, Washington, D.C.
1990 ‘Exhibition of Avantgarde’, Krakow, Poland
‘Painting’, Beijing
‘Soviet Art’, Seoul
1989 ‘All-Union Exhibition of Art’, Central House of Artists, Moscow
1988 ‘Modern Art of Azerbaijan’, Central House of Artists, Moscow




Born in Qusari, Azerbaijan, 1961 lives and works in Baku
Eliyar Alimirzoyev graduated from Azimzadeh State Art College in Baku in 1981. Since 1988, Alimirzoyev has been a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR and the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan. He was a founder of the art group Labyrinth. He works with painting, graphics, and installations which incorporate antique furniture and objects. He worked for two months in 2001 and again in 2002 in war-torn East Timor. There the artist painted his thematic works, including landscapes and portraits that reflect particularities of the island’s nature and inhabit­ants – Alimirzoyev became the first artist working in East Timor to have held a solo exhibition there. In 2006, he was recognised as an Honorary Artist of Azerbaijan. His works are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Funen Art Museum, Odense, Denmark; The Union of Artists of Russia; The Ministry of Cul­ture of the Russian Federation; The Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan; The Albertina, Vienna; and Tomsk State Museum, Russia.

Alimirzoyev’s ethereal canvases remind one of the texture of dreams – gilded, saturated, bright, yet elusive. Even in his still lifes, a rather classical and conservative genre, this talented painter has retained his signature manner of painting, his stylistic originality. The pastiche of the old masters harmonises with the fundamental ideas of modern art. This same bridge through time is evoked upon viewing Alimirzoyev’s land­scapes, with their ghostly worlds, that differ ever so slightly from the real universe.Other works by this master force the viewer to ponder the depths of man­kind’s problems. His outrageous Last Supper, the traditional theme notwithstanding, is profoundly original in execution – it is a huge canvas, to which thirteen ordinary buckets are attached by their bottoms. Densely covered with gold leaf, they resemble wells, and at the bottom of eleven of them there are painted representations of hand movements, expressive in varying degrees. These are the sym­bolic portraits of the apostles. In the central well, the viewer can glimpse the outlines of Christ’s face coming through the darkness. At the bottom of the thirteenth well, in the place of Judas, there is a mirror that invites the viewer to see their reflection and become part of the work.