Above: the artist in his studio; below: "Flood of Yellow Weigh" 2007
This post is part of a regular series in partnership with FolioCue that introduces readers to new need-to-know artists each week and where to see their work next.
Didn't have a chance to make it to heavy-hitting Art Dubai art fair last week? There are still plenty of opportunities to see works by some of the Middle East's leading talent around the world, but if a trip to Dubai is on your agenda this spring, consider staying at the Fairmont Palm, where work by Azerbaijan up-and-comer Faig Ahmed is currently on view as part of 'art@fairmont,' a residency developed in partnership with Cuadro Gallery and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (on view through May 5th, 2014).
Alternatively, for a few more weeks you can catch the piece that won Ahmed major critical acclaim at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2013, he was short-listed to receive The V&A's 3rd Jameel Prize for contemporary Islamic art (on view through April 21, 2014).
Before you see the show, here's what you need to know about him:
- Ahmed graduated from the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2004 and works with various media, including painting, video and installation.
- Most recently, he has been studying the history and aesthetic of traditional Azerbaijani carpets so he may reinterpret this cultural symbol with contemporary relevance.
- Ahmed superimposes digital patterns onto traditional compositions to create works with bold optical illusions and he applies these forms to sculptures and 2-dimensional works.
- He has been included in exhibitions at Sotheby's and Phillips de Pury in London, the 52nd Venice Biennale Pavilion representing Azerbaijan, and The Islamic Art Festival in Sharjah, UAE.
"Double Stretching" 2010
"Double Changes," 2011
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