Rashad Alakbarov

b. 1979, Baku 

Lives and works in Baku

Rashad Alakbarov graduated from the Faculty of Decorative Arts at Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2001. He works with different media, including painting, sculpture, theatre decorations, video art and architec­tural design. The use of shadows in his installation became the main direction in the artist's conceptual work. The first public showing of this type of work was at the 'Wings of Time' exhibition in Baku in 2000. He's work is held in private collections in Azerbaijan, Italy, Turkey and Russia.

Alakbarov’s works comprise massive installations, but not the typical kind which are geared for direct sensory perception – they contain a secret.

Objects, either diverse or homogenous, are arranged in such a manner that shadows cast on the wall under proper lighting have little to do with the image of the initial installation. In this duality lies the magic of Alakbarov’s works. Thematically many of his works are associated with the world of anime serials, filled with ideas of looming world catastrophes after man has unleashed the genie of high technology.

Solo exhibitions


Something From Nothing, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan


Words, Museum of Modern Art, Baku (Azerbaijan)


The Other City, YAY Gallery, Baku (Azerbaijan)

Selected Group Exhibitions


Vienna Art Fair, Vienna, Austria 

Islamic Art Festival, Islamic Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Candy Mountains and Oils Coasts, Perm Museum of Modern Art, Perm, Russia

56th Venice Biennale Festival, The Union of Fire and Water, San Marco 2840 Palazzo Barbaro Venice, Italy

Making Histories, Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan


Cosmoscow Art Fair, Manezh, Moscow (Russia)

Artbat Fest, Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Artist-In-Residence, Delfina Foundation, London (UK)

In Between / Viewpoints, Michela Rizzo Gallery, Venice (Italy)

The Process, 12th Avesta Art Festival, Kungsgatan (Sweden)

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

Words and Illuminations, in cooperation with The British Museum, Le Méridien Medina Hotel, Al Madinah (UAE)

East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (UK)


Ornamentation, 55th Venice Biennale, Azerbaijan Pavillion, Venice (Italy)

Love Me, Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Collateral Event for the 55th International Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy)


Fly to Baku (multiple galleries), 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)


Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah, UAE

From Waste To Art, Gala Archeological and Ethnographic Museum, Baku (Azerbaijan)

Merging Bridges, Museum of Modern Art, Baku (Azerbaijan)

Maiden Tower III International Art Festival, Baku (Azerbaijan)

012 Baku Public Art Festival, Baku (Azerbaijan)


Foreword, Alternative Art Place, Baku (Azerbaijan)

The Journey To The East, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK), Kraków, Poland; Arsenal Gallery, Białystok (Poland)

Fabulous Four, ArtExEast Foundation, Kichik QalArt, Baku, Azerbaijan

City, Central House of The Artist, Moscow (Russia)

Big Cauasus, PermM Gallery, Perm, Russia


Azerbaijan Contemporary Art, Aidan Gallery, Moscow (Russia)


Bakunlimited, Cultural Days of Azerbaijan, Voltahalle, Basel (Switzerland)


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

Steps of Time: Contemporary Art From Azerbaijan, Residenzschloss, Dresden (Germany)

Minimum Wage Project, group exhibition, Center of Contemporary Arts, Baku (Azerbaijan)


Aluminium 3, International Bienni9al of Contemporary Art, Baku (Azerbaijan)

East & West, Museum of Art, Die (France)

Omnia Mea, 52nd Venice Biennale, Azerbaijan Pavilion, Venice (Italy)


Caucasus, NCCA, Moscow (Russia)

Transfusion, Contemporary Art Centre, Liestal (Switzerland)

Aluminium 2, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku (Azerbaijan)


Aluminium: Art and New Technologies, Shirvanshah’s Palace, Baku (Azerbaijan)


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


Orientalism: Inside & Outside, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Sattar Bahlulzadeh Exhibition Hall, Baku (Azerbaijan)


Wings of Time, Exhibition of Young Artists, Khagani Art Centre, Baku (Azerbaijan)

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Azerbaijan, AZ 1000

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