Niyaz Nadjafov

B. 1968 Baku

Live and works in Baku and Paris

Niyaz Najafov is a professional sportsman. He graduated from Baku Technical School of Physical Culture in 1985 and has been involved in professional sports most of his life. Najafov started drawing in childhood, took up painting in 2003 and has had a successful career in art. His works are now exhibited in the leading galleries of Baku. In 2009, Najafov represented Azerbaijan at the Venice Biennale.
Niyaz Najafov’s star rose in the firmament of Azerbaijani art in the mid­dle of the past decade. The works of this original artist have been widely exhibited abroad (including Russia, the USA, Germany and Denmark), and have been acquired by museums and private collections at home and abroad. In 2009, Najafov became one of the artists representing Azerbaijan at the Venice Biennale. Two of his works were purchased there by the renowned collector Alberto Sandretti. All of Najafov’s canvases, regardless of the subject, magnetically draw the eye, despite the fact that the images on them are far from providen­tial or even optimistic. A number of works by this artist can be termed only as caricatures. This relationship between painting and drawing, a symbi­otic combination of the eternal, ‘monumental’ oil painting technique and the seemingly fleeting wit of drawing is one of the recognizable features of Najafov’s artistic style. Sometimes it is blatant satire, and sometimes it is merely a hidden smile. The people inhabiting his paintings are not so much actual characters, but archetypes, in which someone, perhaps, might recog­nize them selves.

Solo exhibitions:


Why Fourchette?! Solo exhibition, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

Dancing on Bones. Solo Exhibition, Gazelli Art House, London, UK


Cycle "Invasion" Solo exhibition, IG Gallery, Paris, France 


Solo exhibition, La Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt Paris, France


Solo exhibition, Vivienne Gallery, Paris, France


Solo exhibition, French Embassy, Baku, Azerbaijan

Solo exhibition, Kichik Qalart Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

Group exhibitions:


LOVE ME LOVE ME NOT. Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

2012 - 2013

FLY TO BAKU. Contemporary art from Azerbaijan, Kunsthistorisches museum - Neue Burg, Vienna, Austria; Spazio D - Maxxi building National Museum of XXI Century arts, Rome, Italy; Spazio D MAXXI building, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia; me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany; Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, France; Phillips de Pury& Company, London, UK


Home Sweet Home, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Paris, France 

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

MERGING BRIDGES. Modern Art Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan


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

Grand Palais. Salon Comparaison. Paris, France 


FORWORD. Contemporary Art Exhibition. YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku

Art London Fair, UK.

ILLUSIONS PARALLELS, I-Gallery, Paris, France

LE LAB'ART, rue Dajot Melun, France

Dawn to Earth, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

Group exhibition, Daent Gallery, Paris, France 

Vernissage AVANT PREMIRE, I-Gallery, Paris, France.

Group Exhibition TERRES DE PENSEE, Brissot Gallery, Paris, France 


YEAR OF RUSSIA IN FRANCE, Brissot Gallery Paris, France 

THE 12TH CAIRO BIENNALE, Museum of Egyptian Modern ArtCairo, Egypt

VISION SOLIDAIRES, Group exhibition, Brissot Gallery, Paris, France

Cite des Arts International, Paris, France


COGITO ERGO SUM. 53rd International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale Azerbaijan Pavillion. Giudecca 95, Venice, Italy

BAKUNLIMITED. 'Cultural Days of Azerbaijan', Voltahalle, Basel, Switzerland


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

International artists from earlier exhibitions and the International ART & CULTURE FESTIVAL  Sigvardson Gallery, Østergade, Denmark


5+ group exhibition of 5 artists Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

5 Kichik Qala Street, Icheri Sheher Baku

Azerbaijan, AZ 1000

+99412 505 23 23


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