Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1990 Born into one of the most famous artistic families in Azerbaijan, Bahruz Kangarli continues the lineage through his work as a young contemporary painter. Bahruz was recognized as a talent at a young age – he was already exhibiting his paintings as a teenager. He attended the Azim Azimzade State Art School and the Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts, eventually obta
As a painter, Bahruz’s style is expressive and emotive, shown through abstracted shapes on densely painted canvases.
ining his master’s degree in art. He has exhibited his work in Baku and abroad, participating in shows in Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Germany and Bulgaria. He has also held multiple solo exhibitions in Baku at SOCAR in 2009, the Baku Creative Centre in 2013, Kiçik QalArt Gallery in 2015 and Q Gallery in 2017. After being a member of the Young Artists’ Section at the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan since 2009, he joined the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan in 2017. In recent years he has been featured in various group exhibitions with other young artists, most recently at the White Gallery and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Baku, and the international art festival in Nakchivan in 2018. While his practice is primarily as a painter, in recent projects such as the VII International Art Festival ‘From Waste to Art’ at the Qala Reserve in Azerbaijan in 2018, his experimentation with installation art using recycled materials showed a new level of interest in his aesthetic practice. As a painter, Bahruz’s style is expressive and emotive, shown through abstracted shapes on densely painted canvases. He is inspired by psychology, evident in his 2015 solo show ‘Face Control’ at Kiçik QalArt Gallery, where he exhibited a major collection of portraits painted from images that he memorized and then filtered through his own consciousness, the final result mingling his own emotions with the inner worlds of the individuals depicted in the artworks. The abstract and Cubist references in the work draw out the darker and more complicated nuances of human experience, often hidden from view. He explores the psychology of his subjects in other works as well. For his solo show ‘Rhythm of Jazz’ at QGallery in 2017, he captured the improvisational spirit of jazz music through a series of portraits filled with frenetic brush strokes in bright pigments, the musicians and instruments depicted on the canvas embodying the musical artform through shape and movement. In the group show ‘From Beginning to End’ at the White Gallery in 2018, he presented conceptual portraiture of people and objects rendered in a soft, muted palette. The dream-like images appear as if they have emerged from deep within the subconscious, with the compositions of layered paint blurring at the edges. Bahruz’s body of work explores these edges of memory and its emotional dimensions, capturing the intensity in which our past experiences continue to filter our reality today. 2006 – 2009 – Azim Azimzade State Art College 2009 – 2013 – Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts 2015 - 2017 – Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts, Magistracy Since 2009 - The Young Artists’ Section at the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan Since 2017 – the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan 2019 – Azerbaijani artists group exhibition, Union of Artists, Baku, Azerbaijan 2018 – VIII International Art festival "Maiden Tower", Baku, Azerbaijan 2018 – VIII International Festival From Waste to Art, Baku, Azerbaijan Since 2017, within the framework of the project ”Istedart”, with the support of the historical-architectural reserve "Icherisheher", he conducts art master classes for children with disabilities and Down syndrome from orphanages and boarding schools. 2018 – "Soleil" International Francophone Festival, Sozopol, Bulgaria. 2017 – group exhibition “Spectrum”, Natavan gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 – group exhibition “10 Years”, GBB, Berlin, Germany 2017 – art-project “Art, Food, Wine”, TOSCA, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 – solo show “Rhythm of Jazz”, QGallery, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 – VI International Art Festival “From Waste to Art”, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 – VIII International Art Festival “Maiden Tower”, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 – “Pomegranate and Fire Mountain” Azerbaijan exhibition, Kunststation Kleinsassen, Germany 2017 – Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Baku, Art Corner, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 – exhibition “Artrising”, Museum of Fine Art, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 – group exhibition of young artists, “Artist Union”, Baku, Azerbaijan 2017 – exhibition “Fine Art week”, “Artist Union”, Baku, Azerbaijan 2016 – exhibition “Fine Art week”, “Artist Union”, Baku, Azerbaijan 2016 – exhibition “Women’s day”, “Museum Center”, Baku, Azerbaijan 2016 – exhibition “Azerbaijan meets Maldivian in Berlin”, GBB, Berlin, Germany 2016 – “Justice for Khojaly”, Baku, Azerbaijan 2015 - exhibition “Colour of coffee”, Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan 2015 – Yarat & Behance Online Portfolio review 2015 – solo-exhibition “Face control”, “KicikQalart”, Baku, Azerbaijan 2014 – Exhibition “New images” Khatai Miniature Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan 2014 – Exhibition “Scent of a woman” Art Villa, Baku, Azerbaijan 2013 – BCC group exhibition, “Katalizator” 2013 – solo-exhibition, Baku Creative Centre 2013 – “Khojaly”, Berlin, Germany 2012 – “AzNar”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia 2012 – Mimar Sinan Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 2011 – “СтилАрт”, Kiev, Ukraine 2011 – group exhibition, “Diazepam” 2010 – “Art Ist” Ankara, Turkey 2009 – solo exhibition, SOCAR Art Exhibition 2006 – BP Art Festival, Baku, Azerbaijan 2005 – BP Art Festival, Baku, Azerbaijan The artist's works are kept in the collection of the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, in special collections in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia, England, Germany and many other countries.