NIYAZ NAJAFOV

Biography

(B. 1968, Baku, Azerbaijan)

Najafov originally trained as a soldier, as well as a professional sportsman – coaching hand-to-hand combat. Inspired by other self-taught artists such as Paul Gauguin and Francis Bacon, it was only in 2003 that he began to experiment with oil paint. In a short span of time, Najafov has been touted to be the next “Francis Bacon” and has since been chosen to represent his country, Azerbaijan, at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.

Najafov is at the forefront of Azerbaijan’s Contemporary art scene and his expressive oil paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in prestigious international fairs and exhibitions. With his impressive body of work and growing international recognition, Najafov is an integral part of the burgeoning Azeri art scene. Najafov’s artworks have exhibited throughout Europe – London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, and Geneva.

Solo Exhibitions
2017 Untitled, The Museum Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
2017 Absorb, Adhere, Advance, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2017 Flower Power/Ludi, Galerie Mansart, Paris, France
2015 ‘HET’/ ‘NON’ Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
2014 Personal Exhibition, Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris, France
2014 LOVE LOVE NOT. Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan
and its Neighbours, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
2013 Dancing on Bones, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2013 Why Fourchette?! YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012 Untitled, Nikki Diana Marquardt Gallery, Paris, France
2012 Cycle “Invasion”, IG Gallery, Paris, France
2011 La Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris, France
2010 Niyaz-Daria, Vivienne Gallery, Paris, France
2010 International Cite des Arts, Moscow, Russia
2009 French Embassy in Azerbaijan, Baku, Azerbaijan
2009 Untitled, Kichik Qalart Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
2009 Untitled, Franch Embassy, Baku, Azerbaijan

Group Exhibitions
2018 Bodily Landscapes, YAY Gallery, Baku
2017 Correspondances/Vasistas/Historie du regard a la fenetre/Il se passé quelque chose entre nous…
2017 Untitled, Galerie Schwab Beaubourg, Paris, France
2016 8+/-2, Galerie Mansart, Paris, France
2015 Gozu Yasli Hocalim (My Khojaly of Sorrow), Besiktas-based Palace Collections Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Plant it!, Galerie Mansart, Paris, France
2015 The Approach, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2015 Gözü Yaşlı Hocalım (My Khojaly of Sorrow), Beşiktaş-based Palace Collections Museum Istanbul, Turkey
2014 Ningbo Museum of Art, Ningbo, People’s Republic of China
2014 E*phem*er*a, Baku Museum of Modern Art, Azerbaijan
2014 MEGAPOLIS, Baku Museum of Modern Art, Azerbaijan
2013 Fly to Baku, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome, Italy
2013 Home Sweet Home, Azerbaijani Cultural Centre in Paris, France
2013 Fly to Baku, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
2013 Merging Bridges, Modern Art Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012 Fly to Baku, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, ME Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany
2012 Fly to Baku, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Phillips de Pury, London, UK
2012 Baku Public Art (in the framework of the project Ghir-Pourers), YARAT!, Contemporary Art Space , Baku, Azerbaijan
2012 Fly to Baku, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Hotel Salomon Rothschild, Paris, France
2012 Commonist, YARAT!, Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012 Merging Bridges, Museum of Modern Art, Baku,
Azerbaijan
2012 Comparaison Salon, Grand Palais, Paris France
2011 Untitled, Galerie Danant, Paris, France
2011 Dawn to Earth, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2011 Untitled, Le Lab’Art, Melun, France
2011 Illusions parallels, I-Gallery, Paris, France
2011 On Soz (Foreword), YARAT! Contemporary Art Space, Baku Azerbaijan
2011 Avant Première, I-Gallery, Paris, France
2011 Terres de Pensee, Brissot Gallery, Paris, France
2011 Modern works from Azerbaijan. The land of fire, Foundation Heydar Aliyev, Hotel d’Evreux, Paris, France
2011 Da-Ent Gallery, Paris, France
2010 Untitled, Galerie Vivienne, Paris, France
2010 Year of Russia in France, Galerie Brissot, Paris, France
2010 Vision Solidaires, Galerie Brissot, Paris, France
2010 Opening of the permanent exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
2009 Cogito ergo sum, Azerbaijan Pavilion, 53th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2009 BAKuNLIMITED, Cultural Days of Azerbaijan, Voltahalle, Basel, Switzerland
2008 Les quatre saisons, Centre de Musees, Baku “Les peintre contemporains de l’Azerbaidjan”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kassel, Germany
2008 Art is not only ugly, Atrium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Berlin, Germany
2008 Art and Culture festival, Sigvardson Gallery, Rødby, Denmark
2007 Patterns from Qobustan, Geneva, Switzerland
2007 5+, Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
2006 Le movement et l’espace, Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, Baku in collaboration with Mission de l’ONU, Geneva, Switzerland
2005 Man and Woman, Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
2004 New Circle, ACH, Moscow, Russia

Art Fairs
2011 London Art Fair, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
2011 12th International Art Biennale of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
2010 Cite des Arts International, Paris, France
2009 Basel Art Fair, Pavilion of Azerbaijan

Public Collections
Alberto Sandretti Collection
Baku Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy

Education
1985 Baku Technical School of Physical Culture, Azerbaijan

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