Oktay Sadiqzadeh was born in 1921. In 1939 he graduated from Azerbaijan State Art School named after A.Azimzadeh and from that year became an active participant of national exhibitions. Since 1940, his work had been exhibited at the All-Union exhibitions in Moscow. Between 1941-46 years he was exiled to Altai. After returning to his homeland he continued his creative work. Besides paintings, he also worked on book illustrations. 1955-61 years he was art editor in Azerbaijani State Publishing House, and also served as the chief artist of the Azerbaijan Museum of Literature named after Nizami. In 1999, the artist engaged in pedagogical activity and teaching at the Art School Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts.
Oktay Sadiqzadekh was among the most significant and important figures in the history of Azerbaijani painting. Along with such painters as Mikail Abdullayev, Abdul Khalig, Gafar Seyfullayev, Boyukagha Mirzazade, Sadiqzadeh was one of the originators of the local school of painting.
Upon graduation from the faculty of graphics of the Moscow art institute named after Surikov, O.Sadiqzadeh was appointed general art director of the state publishing house ‘Azerneshr’ which issued and formatted Azerbaijani tales, plays by Huseyn Javid, novels by Jalil Mammadquluzade, Seyid Huseyn, Jafar Jabbarli, Mirza Fatali Akhundov and others.
Book graphics occupies a great place in painter’s creativity. For a broad reader’s audience, the artist perked up the heroes of Shakespeare, Hugo, Dickens, Balzac, Turgenev, Gorky, Nasimi, Nizami and many other classicists of Azerbaijani and foreign literature.
Portrait remains the favorite genre of Sadiqzadeh. The painter says: “It is very interesting to create portraits seeking to uncover the most important characteristics of a person. I try to convey the psychological portrait of my heroes, show their inner world’. The painter has created the gallery of portraits of his contemporaries and outstanding figures of Azerbaijan: the portrait of national leader Haydar Aliyev, academician Zarifa Aliyeva, poetess Natavan, singer Fidan Gasimova, painter and painter’s wife Elmira Shakhtakhtinskaya and many others. The method of critical realism, originating from the art of humanism of the era of Renaissance, is peculiar of Sadiqzade’s painting style.