Ramal Kazimov

B.1987, Ganja

Lives and works in Baku

Ramal Kazimov is an emerging artist who graduated from Azerbaijani State Academy of Arts in 2004 and got noticed right away by professional critics for his very mature and somewhat dark style. Since 2009 he became member of Azerbaijan Artist's Union.

Kazimov’s expressively realist figures immediately and bluntly address imagery and issues that are taboo in Azerbaijan. Using strategies of shock and provocation, the compositions generate the ‘presence’ of the models through both pose and a sinuous and expressive painting technique. Stylistically echoing the works of Francis Bacon and Edvard Munch, Kazimov’s compositions frankly compose a visual diary of human experience through keen observation and an excessive curiosity. The figures are representative of an experimental portraiture that lives on the border between figuration and abstraction. With startling acuity, the compositions balance qualities of violence and tenderness that instills in viewers a sense of both shock and awe. Images combine broken bottle fragments, violent gestures, and contorted faces that twist in pain and passion. Overt nudity is purposefully de-eroticized and one is forced to confront the realities of the flesh—its texture, faults, and frailties.
The sense of provocation and aggression that is an element in the artworks is, interestingly, antithetical to the artist’s personal qualities. 

Solo exhibitions:


Solo exhibition, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan 

Group exhibitions:


BACARART project, Azerbaijan


HOME SWEET HOME Contemporary art exhibition, Baku MOMA, Azerbaijan

Ganca Art Festival, organised by YARAT, Ganca, Azerbaijan

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


Blue Water, Exhibition, Four Seasons Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan

Merging Bridges, by YARAT Contemporary Art  Space,  Museum of Contemporary Art, Baku

Exhibition of Azerbaijani young painters co-organized by Azerbaijan Embassy in France and “Dirchelish” (“Revival”) Youth Social Psychological Rehabilitation Center RTR GALLERY, Paris, France 


Germany with the Eye of Azerbaijani Painters, Giz Galasi Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan 

ÖN SÖZ (Foreward), organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan 


60th anniversary of formation of Israeli Government.


Near East University of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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