Orkhan Huseynov

B. 1978, Baku

Lives and Works in Baku

Orkhan Huseynov graduated from Faculty of Ceramic Design at the Azimzadeh State Art College in Baku in 1995, and from the Faculty of Ceramic Design at Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art in 1999. He received his Master’s degree in 2000 from the Faculty of Art History and Theory at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku. He works in the fields of installation, painting and video.

Orkhan Huseynov is an artist who is equally prolific in painting, drawing and many other media. From the outset, the focus of his work became his love of his country’s folk tradition and history. Culture, art, everyday life, monuments, and traditional games – all found reflection in his works. For example, he devoted an entire series to pre-Revolutionary Baku: the Governor’s Garden, oil fields, night-time Torgovaya street, restaurants, law firms, markets, the private lives of the city’s inhabitants. All this was wrought with elegance, taste and humour, as well as, importantly, with great historical accuracy.

Civil themes of a more serious nature also find expression in his work – the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan and its history. However, Huseynov’s works reach much more widely in geographic and temporal terms and his themes achieve universality. His conceptual work is similarly ambitious. For example, Sabir and Splash are planar objects made of Plexiglas in which monochromatic colour emphasizes the graphic qualities, while the clearly delineated lines accentuate their poster-like presence. Splash invites the viewer to meditate and to reach his own conclusion. Sabir on the other hand is a tribute to the memory of the genius Azeri poet-satirist Sabir. The drop of blood on the poet’s lips could be explained by his words spoken on this deathbed: “I laid my flesh down for my people. But if God would give me more time, I would lay my bones down too”.

Solo exhibitions

The Office. KicikQalart, Baku, Azerbaijan

V.Samedova Art Salon Baku, Azerbaijan

Het oude Baku. Curator: Frans Fontaine. Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

VakifBank, Ankara, Turkey

Humay Azeri Cultural Center. London, UK. Curator: Muslim Eldarov

V.Samedova Art Salon Baku, Azerbaijan



Delfina Foundation, London, UK


CultureScapes, Laab, Basel, Switserland

Group exhibitions


Candy Mountains and Oil Coasts, group exhibition of Azerbaijani artists, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia

Meeting Point, group exhibition of Azerbaijani artists, Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Making Histories, YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan


Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul Congress Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

Poetics Of The Ordinary, Azerbaijan Pavillion, VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary, Messe Vienna, Austria 

Love Me Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan


Fly To Baku. Contemporary Art From Azerbaijan: Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan; Kunsthistorisches museum - Neue Burg, Vienna, Austria; 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


Art Dubai, Azerbaijan Pavillion, Dubai, UAE


Merging Bridges, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan

012 Baku Public Art Festival, Baku, Azerbaijan

Commonist, Contemporary art exhibition, organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan


Foreword, Alternative Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan

Fabulous Four, ArtExEast Foundation, Baku, Azerbaijan

The Journey To The East, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK), Krakow, Poland

The Journey To The East, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland


Ground Floor America, Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Contemporary Art of Azerbaijan, Aidan Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Under The Scalding Sun, painting project, Deutch Kyrkha, Baku, Azerbaijan


Transformation Aluminium 4, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan

BakUnlimited, Cultural Days of Azerbaijan, Voltahalle, Basel, Switzerland

M'artian Fields-Collaboration. Exhibition ot young artists, M’ARS Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Steps Of Time, exhibition of contemporary arts in the frame Azerbaijan Culture Days in Germany, Dresden


Art Is Not Only Ugly, Atrium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Germany

Steps Of Time: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Residenzschloss, Dresden, Germany

Minimum Wage project, group-exhibition, Center of Contemporary Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan


Omnia Mea… Azerbaijan's first national presentation at a Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

Realities Of Dreams. Aluminum 3, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku Azerbaijan


Caucasus Exhibition, Moscow State Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

East Or West, International Art Festival, Museum of Art, Die, France


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

Alumin 2, International Contemporary Art Festival. Museum Center Art Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan


Metro – Space, former Galéria Priestor for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia


7+7. More Transparent, The Museum Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

1st International Exhibition ALUMINUM, Baku, Azerbaijan

Inout, international festival of digital art, Prague, Czech Republic

Last East European Show, international exhibition, Muzej savremene umetnosti, Belgrade, Serbia


Orientalism: Inside & Outside. International exhibition, S.Bakhlulzada Exhibition Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan

Caucasian Aleatory, International exhibition, Batumi, Georgia

Cosmopolitica, The performance action in frames of International Music Festival “New music from the Last Century”, Baku, Azerbaijan


Turkish-American Association’s Gallery, Ankara, Turkey


Wings Of Time, Exhibition of Young Artists, Khagani Art Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

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