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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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Jacques Ayel, Aubier calciné - série Abstraction, Painting

Jacques Ayel

Aubier calciné - série Abstraction, 2021 90 x 60 x 2 cm Painting

€1,370

Roland Masson, Maïa, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Maïa, 2021 48 x 11 x 11 cm Sculpture

€2,900

Maud Merouze, Soft City, Painting

Maud Merouze

Soft City, 2021 92 x 73 x 2.7 cm Painting

€1,300

Mihaela Ivanova, Pigeon monument, Photography

Mihaela Ivanova

Pigeon monument, 2011 50 x 50 x 0.2 cm Photography

€490

Mario Hounkanrin, Horned Mask, Print

Mario Hounkanrin

Horned Mask, 2016 30 x 24 cm Print

€200

Cyril Geoffroy, Jeffrey, Sculpture

Cyril Geoffroy

Jeffrey, 2020 223 x 48 x 10 cm Sculpture

€5,000

Edu Danesi, Like a Hurricane, Painting

Edu Danesi

Like a Hurricane, 2020 150 x 100 x 4.5 cm Painting

€2,300

Thomas Dellert, The Butterfly Effect, Photography

Thomas Dellert

The Butterfly Effect, 2021 100 x 70 x 3 cm Photography

€4,200

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Agent X

La statue de la liberté, 2017 100 x 70 x 0.1 cm Print

€800

Wedad Alnasser, Resonance of Exile, Painting

Wedad Alnasser

Resonance of Exile, 2018 67 x 50 x 3 cm Painting

€600

Larry Clark, Heroin 3, Painting

Larry Clark

Heroin 3, 2014 183 x 122 x 4 cm Painting

€65,000

Levalet, Le dernier tango, Print

Levalet

Le dernier tango, 2018 70 x 50 cm Print

€230

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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