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.