Born in Shusha, Azerbaijan 1985
Lives and works in Baku
Farid Rasulov graduated from Azerbaijan State Medical University in 2006. In 2007, having decided to step aside from medicine, he started to actively engage with contemporary art, a decision that led to his participation in the 53rd Venice Biennale. Rasulov is an energetic, hardworking artist who works actively in the various media – painting, 3-D graphics, animation, sculpture and installation.
A doctor by training, Farid Rasulov suddenly became involved in the visual arts after his graduation from university, to the great surprise of his friends and family and made great strides in a relatively short period of time. His artistic path began at the national ‘Aluminium’ Biennale (2007), continued to Berlin (‘Azerbaijani Cultural Days’, 2008), then on to Moscow (Fields of Mars Gallery, 2009; Aidan Gallery, 2010), Basel (2009), and finally to Venice for the 2009 Biennale, which represented the remarkable breakthrough for contemporary Azerbaijani art.
His works are usually intellectually provocative. Not accidentally, this conceptual artist stubbornly denies charges of his art being multi-layered and profound. He insists that he has meant absolutely
nothing, that he simply replicated the commonplace things that he saw around him. “My work is based on the fact that I do not take it seriously – and neither do I take seriously the things I portray,” says Rasulov. “I often observe how the viewers carefully scrutinize my works, searching for the hidden meaning therein. This is fascinating to watch, because what they’re looking for does not exist.”
“When people ask me why I painted this or that, I say, ‘Just because!’” But we all understand that although he paints simple things, he does not only do so “just because”.