Mahmud Rustamov

B. 1967, Baku

Lives and works in Baku

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture of the Azimzade Azerbaijan State Academy (1986), of the State University of the Arts (1992) and of the Creative Workshops at the USSR Arts Academy headed by Omar Eldarov (1998).

In 2000, Mahmud Rustamov became a holder of the “Sculptor of the Year” prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry for Youth and Sport of the Azerbaijan Republic.

His works can be found in private collections across Europe and at the State Museum of Art in Azerbaijan.

Mahmud is an acknowledged master, whose work was acquired in 2013 by a major collector during the London exhibition “At the Crossroads”, organized by the auction house Sotheby’s.

The sole participant in the “012 Baku Public Art Festival” project, inspired by the idea that the Maiden Tower is of extraterrestrial origin, which took the risk of setting up a golden sculptural figure of a visitor from another planet right in the center of the city... This is Mahmud Rustamov, artist, and the latest representative of a well-known artistic dynasty.

The sculptor's works are at the same time aggressive and beautiful, full of refined eroticism and self-mockery. Brittle marble, rounded, almost female forms, through which mysterious flowers made of black rubber, erupt. Some might see these dangerous flowers as more like the sharp claws of a hawk, tormenting the tender white marble flesh. Thorns and roses are inseparable. Cool restraint can be combined with unbridled sensuality. The essence of nature goes hand in hand with the triumph of genetic engineering – the sculptor's works are like that. Looking at them, we ask ourselves: “Who do we have here – creatures of flesh and blood or superb bio-robots?” The same feeling of duality and bipolarity arises when we view the works made from bronze... At the center of the exhibition is the skull of the dragon brought low by St George's hand... From a gaping wound, a bayonet from the time of the Civil War protrudes, a weapon that languished for many a year at the back of the extinct fireplace in Granddad’s old house.

Solo Exhibitions:

2013

ECHO, Solo Exhibition, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

1999

First solo exhibition, Deutsch Centrum and Le Centre de Resources François place, supported by British Council, Baku, Azerbaijan

Exhibitions:

2013

KUKNAR, Christmas tree, International Art Contest, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

HOME SWEET HOME Contemporary art from Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Paris, France

AT THE CROSSROADS: Contemporary Art from the Caucasus and Central Asia, Sotheby's Gallery, London, UK

012 BAKU PUBLIC ART Festival, organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space Baku, Azerbaijan

ART GANJA 2013. Contemporary Art Festival, Ganja, Azerbaijan

2012

MADE BY RUSTAMOVS, exhibition jointly with Mahmud Rustamov devoted to 80th anniversary of father Aslan Rustamov, Baku, Azerbaijan  

ALUMINIUM 5. Biennale, Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

COMMONIST. Contemporary art exhibition, organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan

2010

THEMES, exhibition together with Teymur Rustamov, Center Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan

2009

ALUMINIUM 4, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan

2008

ART IS NOT ONLY UGLY, Atrium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin, Germany

2007

5+ group exhibition Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

SEVEN COLOURS OF RAINBOW, exhibition, Baku, Azerbaijan.

REALITIES OF DREAMS, Aluminium3, festival of contemporary art, Museum Center Art Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

2006

Opening of RUSTAMOVS FAMILY ART GALLERY, Baku, Azerbaijan

2005

MAN & WOMEN exhibitions projects, with France Embassy in Azerbaijan, curator and participant, Museum Center Art Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

2003

Youth exhibition. Moscow, Russia

2002

Art Exhibition, S. Bakhlulzadeh Gallery. Baku, Azerbaijan

2001

V.Samedova Gallery. Baku, Azerbaijan

Art exhibition. Khagani Art Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

PLASTICITY OF CONCRETE Contemporary sculpture competition, which was sponsored by English factory GARADAGH CEMENT in Azerbaijan and organized by Azerbaijan State Art Union – Prize premium.

2000

WINGS OF TIME, Exhibition of Young Artists, Khagani Art Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

Group exhibition. Azerbaijan Government Museum of Art named Mustafayev. Baku, Azerbaijan

1999

Exhibition, National Arts Museum of Azerbaijan, Baku, Azerbaijan

Art in Action, International Festival, Oxford, UK

1998

Art exhibition. Seven floor Gallery. Baku, Azerbaijan

National Arts Museum of Azerbaijan, Baku, Azerbaijan

1998

Group Exhibition V.Samedova Gallery. Baku, Azerbaijan

1997

Azerbaijan Republic Palace. Baku, Azerbaijan

1996

Baku Art Center, Azerbaijan

 

1995

Group exhibition, Baku, Azerbaijan

1990

Exhibition of Azerbaijani Artists, Gallery, Avinion, France

1988

Art exhibition. V. Samedova Gallery. Baku, Azerbaijan

1986

Group Exhibition Symposium of Stone. Baku, Azerbaijan

1987

Art exhibition, V. Samedova Gallery. Baku, Azerbaijan

1985

Group Exhibition at Bakhlul-Zade Gallery . Baku, Azerbaijan

Monuments

2011

Monument devoted to Khodjali tragedy, created jointly with Aslan and Teymur Rustamov, Goranboy region, Goranboy city, Azerbaijan

Monument-bust to Heydar Aliyev, created jointly with Aslan and Teymur Rustamov, National Aviation Academy, Baku, Azerbaijan

2010

Memorial monument devoted to Mirza Shafi Vazeh and his student Fredrick Fon Bodenshtedt, created jointly with Aslan and Teymur Rustamov, Payne, Deutschland

2009

Memorial to doctor M. Javad-zada, created jointly with Aslan and Teymur Rustamov, Baku, Azerbaijan 

2008

Monument devoted to Khodjali tragedy, created jointly with Aslan and Teymur Rustamov, Baku, Azerbaijan

2007 

Monument to Heydar Aliyev, created jointly with Aslan and Teymur Rustamov, Heydar Aliyev park, Baku, Azerbaijan

Memorial to composer Vasif Adıgozalov, created jointly with Aslan and Teymur Rustamov, Baku, Azerbaijan 

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