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Rashad Babayev
b. 1979, Azerbaijan

Rashad Babayev, is a painter and installation artist belonging to a young generation of Azerbaijani artists that are transforming the contemporary art landscape of Baku. His artistic style reflects an entrenched expressionist yet minimalist approach utilizing different colors as his language.

His debut solo exhibition was in 2004, in 2005 he became a member of the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan and ever since he has taken part in numerous international exhibitions across the globe, as well as the 55th Venice Biennale. Babayev’s works are held in the Museum of Modern Art in Baku, ‘20th-21st Century Azerbaijani Painting’ Museum, Yarat Contemporary Art Space and other private collections. Babayev was handpicked to be a part of ‘Fly to Baku’, a travelling contemporary art exhibition showcasing the finest Azerbaijani talent across Moscow, Rome, Baku, Vienna, Paris and Berlin.

He recently expanded his artistic practice into scriptwriting and filmmaking - for which he was awarded Azerbaijan Cinematographists Union promotional diploma.

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2014 ‘Island’ solo show, MOMA, Baku, Azerbaijan
2013 Participated at the 55th Venice Biennale
2012-2013 ‘Fly to Baku’ travelling exhibition, Baku, Vienna, Rome, Moscow, Berlin, Paris and London

Artist Statement


Painting is a mysterious and intimate process for me. I believe that personal intuition and irrationality dictates my style. I often find inspiration from old eastern miniatures and their visions of colour. Colour is the absolute essential element for me in a painting. This way I feel like I am continuing the work of a previous generation of Azerbaijani artists.


Solo Exhibitions

2014 ‘Island’, MOMA, Baku
2004 Q Gallery, Baku

Group Exhibitions

2018 Screenwriting and Cinematography Debut, Baku, Azerbaijan
2016 ’12?’, MOMA, Baku, Azerbaijan
2015 Yarat Contemporary Art Space opening, Baku, Azerbaijan
2014 ‘Love me, Love me not’, Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
2013 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2013 ‘Home Sweet Home’, MOMA, Baku, Azerbaijan
2013 ‘Home Sweet Home’, Azerbaijani Cultural Centre, Paris, France
2012-2013 ‘Fly to Baku’ travelling exhibition, Baku, Vienna, Rome, Moscow, Berlin, Paris and London
2012 ‘Commonist’, Alternative Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012 ‘Merging Bridges’, MOMA, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012 ‘012’ Baku Art Festival, Baku, Azerbaijan
2011 ‘Foreword’, Alternative Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
2011 ‘Land of Fire’, Paris, France
2011 ‘Harmony’, Yeoksam Cultural Centre, Seoul, Korea
2009 ‘Black & White’, Museum Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
2009 ‘Aluminium’, Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
2008 Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
2007 Union of Artists, Astana, Kazakhstan
2007 VI International Art Biennial, Tehran, Iran
2006 ‘Transformation of Oil in Artworks’, Q Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
2006 ‘Art and New Technologies’ International Festival of Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
2005 ‘Man and Woman’, Baku, Azerbaijan
2004 14th Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey
2004 ‘Art Caucasus’, International Fair of Contemporary Visual Art, Tbilisi, Georgia
2004 Young artists group exhibition, Baku, Azerbaijan