Farhad Farzali b. 1989



Farhad Farzali was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1989. Farzali completed an MFA with distinction at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in Baku in 2012. Farzali works predominantly in the medium of installations, but also paintings, graphics, photography and sound. He is member of Artists Union of Azerbaijan since 2011 and member of Yay Gallery of the YARAT Contemporary Art Space since 2013. He has participated a large number of group exhibitions around the world. He is represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Baku. Farhad Farzali lives and works in Baku.


Some of Farzali’s recent work, the Granny’s Vocabulary series from 2014, considers nostalgia for the Soviet era, combining rudimentary Soviet textiles with neon slogans from his grandparents generation. Using Cyrillic script, which was replaced by Turkic script after independence in 1991, his work immediately speaks of the pre-independence era of Soviet rule and the tumultuous history of Azerbaijani script, which has changed officially three times in the last seventy years.


Farzali has featured in many exhibitions in his native Baku, and a growing number around the world including Russian and Germany.