Niyaz Najafov

Solo exhibitions
2010 Vivienne Gallery, Paris
2009 French Embassy, Baku Kichik QalArt, Baku
Group exhibitions
2011 ‘On Soz’, Alternative Art Space, Baku
Art London, London
‘Illusions Parallels’, I-Gallery, Paris Gazelli Art House at London Art Fair, London ‘Ter res de Pensee’, Brissot Gallery, Paris Gallerie DA-END, Paris ‘ArtLab’, Melun, France
‘Vision Solidaires’, Brissot Gallery, Paris
‘Avant Premiere’, IP Gallery, Paris
2010 ‘Year of Russia in France’, Brissot Gallery, Paris ‘Niyaz – Daria’, Vivienne Gallery, Paris Cairo International Biennale, Cairo
Cite des Arts International, Moscow
‘Vision Solidaires’, Brissot Gallery, Paris
2009 Pavilion of Azerbaijan, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice Basel Art Fair, Switzerland
2008 ‘Year of Azerbaijan in Germany’, Ministry of Foreign Af­fairs, Berlin Singverdson Bo Gallery, Rodby, Denmark
2007 5+, Museum Centre, Baku Kassel Art Fair, Germany
2006 U.N.O, Geneva
2005 ‘Man and Woman’, Museum Centre, Baku

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Born in Baku, Azerbaijan 1968, Lives and works in Baku and Paris

Niyaz Najafov is a professional sportsman. He graduated from Baku Technical School of Physical Culture
in 1985 and has been involved in professional sports most of his life. Najafov started drawing
in childhood, took up painting in 2003 and has had a successful career in art. His works are now exhibited
in the leading galleries of Baku. In 2009, Najafov represented Azerbaijan at the Venice Biennale.

Niyaz Najafov’s star rose in the firmament of Azerbaijani art in the mid­dle of the past decade. The works of this original artist have been widely exhibited abroad (including Russia, the USA, Germany and Denmark), and have been acquired by museums and private collections at home and abroad. In 2009, Najafov became one of the artists representing Azerbaijan at the Venice Biennale. Two of his works were purchased there by the renowned collector Alberto Sandretti.
All of Najafov’s canvases, regardless of the subject, magnetically draw the eye, despite the fact that the images on them are far from providen­tial or even optimistic. A number of works by this artist can be termed only as caricatures. This relationship between painting and drawing, a symbi­otic combination of the eternal, ‘monumental’ oil painting technique and the seemingly fleeting wit of drawing is one of the recognizable features of Najafov’s artistic style. Sometimes it is blatant satire, and sometimes it is merely a hidden smile. The people inhabiting his paintings are not so much actual characters, but archetypes, in which someone, perhaps, might recog­nize themselves.