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Faig Ahmed

Faig Ahmed

Azerbaijan • Born in: 1982

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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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Jean-Pierre Petit, Fossile univers, Painting

Jean-Pierre Petit

Fossile univers, 2016 80 x 100 x 1 cm Painting

€1,200

Hyun Ae Kang, Mountain, Design

Hyun Ae Kang

Mountain, 2001 30.5 x 45.7 x 20.3 cm Design

€53,039

Margit Mondhard, Sumo 24 Sumo à l'enfant, Sculpture

Margit Mondhard

Sumo 24 Sumo à l'enfant, 2015 23 x 15 x 15 cm Sculpture

€2,900

Yigit Yazici, RTU 178513, Painting

Yigit Yazici

RTU 178513, 2013 30 x 30 cm Painting

€1,447

Agostino Malaba, Sculpture Shetani Fermier, Sculpture

Agostino Malaba

Sculpture Shetani Fermier, 1995 54 x 20 x 15 cm Sculpture

€2,500

TwoFlü, Tranquilo, Painting

TwoFlü

Tranquilo, 2020 97 x 100 x 3.5 cm Painting

€2,000

Hervé All, The Old Man And The Cow, India, Photography

Hervé All

The Old Man And The Cow, India, 2018 18.63 x 28 cm Photography

€200

Paul Kingsley Squire, Cool for Cats, Print

Paul Kingsley Squire

Cool for Cats, 2018 40 x 30 x 0.3 cm Print

€220

Sane2, King, Print

Sane2

King, 2016 42 x 29 cm Print

€79

Loran Meldrid, Le Murmure, Painting

Loran Meldrid

Le Murmure, 2020 195 x 114 x 4 cm Painting

€4,000

André Pierre, Cérémonie Erzulie Malade, Painting

André Pierre

Cérémonie Erzulie Malade, 1972 61 x 91.4 cm Painting

€19,287

Joan Ponç, Pajaro mecanico, Print

Joan Ponç

Pajaro mecanico, 1973 57 x 49.5 cm Print

€600

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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