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Faig Ahmed

Faig Ahmed

Azerbaijan • Born in: 1982

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Azerbaijani artists

Contemporary visual artist Faig Ahmed was born in 1982, in Sumqayit, Azerbaijan.

Upon leaving the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in 2004 where he studied sculpture, Ahmed went on to produce artworks in various different mediums, such as video and installation. However, it is his surrealist sculptural weavings and textiles for which he is most renowned; indeed, he represented Azerbaijan in its first Venice Biennale in 2007 and has since exhibited his work across the world.

Ahmed applies visual distortions to traditional islamic decorative craft, transforming ancient objects into pieces of contemporary art. Carpets are woven in accordance with centuries-old traditional Azerbaijani weaving techniques, while a variety of techniques are employed to create the optical illusions, such as warping, glitching, melting, pixelating and unraveling. Ahmed thinks of his art as an experiment, and of himself as an explorer, and the end result is mesmerising, with incredibly engaging 3D and psychedelic effects.

It is the embodiment of the historic meeting the contemporary; fabric, patterns and ornaments have been used across cultures and throughout time, and Ahmed's works engage with such tradition in brilliantly unusual and modern ways. Ahmed's work deconstructs traditions and stereotypes, drawing on a rich cultural heritage to reinterpret ancient crafts for contemporary art and create new visual boundaries.

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Cody Choi

Above the Clouds #2, 2016 76.2 x 101.6 x 0.1 cm Photography

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Yann Perrier

Sphère n°1188, 2020 16 x 18 x 17 cm Sculpture

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John Wentz, My Life Is Starting Over Again, Painting

John Wentz

My Life Is Starting Over Again, 2019 45 x 40 x 1 cm Painting

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Marie Laurencin, Dans les Rigieres, Painting

Marie Laurencin

Dans les Rigieres, 1958 28.5 x 22 x 0.1 cm Painting

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Michèle Kaus, Fin d'été, Painting

Michèle Kaus

Fin d'été, 2020 80 x 80 x 2 cm Painting

$1,244

Michadu, Petit fou, Sculpture

Michadu

Petit fou, 2019 37 x 28 x 13 cm Sculpture

$311

Raluca Vulcan, Diner en famille à Aix, Painting

Raluca Vulcan

Diner en famille à Aix, 2021 81 x 100 x 2 cm Painting

$3,111

Claude Urban, Sans Titre/Untitled, Sculpture

Claude Urban

Sans Titre/Untitled, 2021 46 x 17 x 13 cm Sculpture

$1,016

Vitaliy Lishko, Portrait / Collage, Fine Art Drawings

Vitaliy Lishko

Portrait / Collage, 2020 30 x 21 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings

$207

Valco, School Trooper, Painting

Valco

School Trooper, 2016 70 x 50 x 2 cm Painting

$819

Kathleen Ney, State Land - Fall, oil landscape painting, Painting

Kathleen Ney

State Land - Fall, oil landscape painting, 2018 35.6 x 27.9 x 0.3 cm Painting

$595

Osru, Villes Bulles, Print

Osru

Villes Bulles, 2019 70 x 50 cm Print

$135

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Who is the artist?

Contemporary visual artist Faig Ahmed was born in 1982, in Sumqayit, Azerbaijan.

Upon leaving the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in 2004 where he studied sculpture, Ahmed went on to produce artworks in various different mediums, such as video and installation. However, it is his surrealist sculptural weavings and textiles for which he is most renowned; indeed, he represented Azerbaijan in its first Venice Biennale in 2007 and has since exhibited his work across the world.

Ahmed applies visual distortions to traditional islamic decorative craft, transforming ancient objects into pieces of contemporary art. Carpets are woven in accordance with centuries-old traditional Azerbaijani weaving techniques, while a variety of techniques are employed to create the optical illusions, such as warping, glitching, melting, pixelating and unraveling. Ahmed thinks of his art as an experiment, and of himself as an explorer, and the end result is mesmerising, with incredibly engaging 3D and psychedelic effects.

It is the embodiment of the historic meeting the contemporary; fabric, patterns and ornaments have been used across cultures and throughout time, and Ahmed's works engage with such tradition in brilliantly unusual and modern ways. Ahmed's work deconstructs traditions and stereotypes, drawing on a rich cultural heritage to reinterpret ancient crafts for contemporary art and create new visual boundaries.

When was Faig Ahmed born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1982