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Soltan Soltanli


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Life Events

Soltan Galib oglu Soltanli was born in 1976 in the family of teacher in Kalva village of Agsu region of Azerbaijan Republic. He began to paint in his childhood. In his adolescence the wish of being painter became much stronger. That is why in 1991 Soltan came to Baku to enter the former Azerbaijan State School of Arts named after Azim Azimzade, but he failed. Returning to the village and continuing his education there Soltan got attached to the painting very much, he increased his contacts with the nature and tried to feel the nature profoundly.

Soltan’s father was against to his son’s wish. That is why Soltan painted his paintings secretly. He understood that not leaving the village he wouldn’t reach his wishes. He had only a way to come to Baku in order get high education. He had also a great interest to the literature. So in 1993 Soltan entered the philology faculty of Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University and graduated it in 1997. During 1997-2000 years he got the magister degree according to the linguistics of that university.

Coming to Baku Soltan got interested in painting very much, he went to the exhibitions and visited the famous painters’ and sculptors’ studios, wrote articles about them and always wanted to learn. His intention was decisive: to enter the School of Arts!

Soltan had enough information about the art. He carried out the generalizations about the painters’ activity and tried to explain works to himself. According to Soltan’s thought the activity of all painters he had seen looked like to one another. But it gave anxiety to him: why were all painters’ activities alike? In that case was it necessary to get the education of art?!

In 1995 in order to get the painting education Soltan went to the lectures at the former Azerbaijan State Art School named after Azim Azimzade and saw the deficiency of the traditional education for the activity in his dreams, then he decided not to get the painting education decisively. His goal was to become a different painter. Who and where would teach him that difference? That is why he preferred to study himself.

So Soltan wanted to create his style. He wished to become a sensible and amazing painter sourcing from the deep layers of the human intellect, surrounding the philosophical, thinking and the eternal ideas.

The question “How to become difference?” interested him very much. In order to get the answer of this question he began to read very much, studied Azerbaijan painting art and found the main point: in existing period Azerbaijan painting was deprived from the thinking, philosophy, the thought had no clear, correct, philosophical expression. Azerbaijan literature and mugham having the great tradition is more philosophical than the Azerbaijan painting. It means one can create such philosophical thinking in painting.

After all these Soltan came to the conclusion that painting was not only the description art, mainly, it was the art of thinking. The painter understood that when the art expressed the reality it was superficial and transitory. That is why the art must learn the eternal themes and create its everlasting maintenance. And this activity had to be far from the misunderstanding now addressed by many people.

The paintings by Soltan are the mature examples of the modern art and painting. In these works one can see the deep theme layers. He tries to reveal the theme to the audience completely and considers it his duty. According to his thought if the work is not clear to the painter-creator then it is also not clear to the audience. In short, the painter not having the clear thought can’t create the unquestionable work! The painter must paint the most philosophical work so easily that the audiences can understand it without difficulty.

The intellect and philosophy are the main peculiarities for Soltan’s activity. The painter not accepting any misunderstanding as “deep”, “philosophical” doesn’t want to deceive the audience, he tries to enlarge the dream world of the humanity with his works and to show the essence of the real world. According to the painter’s thought each work is the explanation of something. That is why it is not necessary to explain the work, on condition that, the work to be painted clearly.

Soltan believes his fantasy and in his paintings creates the faith in the audience. According to Soltan’s thought the main demand of art is to paint the unreality convincingly, logically, philosophically, clearly and simply. The art of painting should persuade people to the life, the future, not to create the terrible pessimism, the horrifying thoughts in them, and not to deprive the audience to the impatience, misunderstanding and depression. According to Soltan’s thought, when the audience can’t understand the work they should not blame themselves and must not tell “May be I do not understand”. Because everything in the world is understandable. There is no inconceivable work for the audience in the painting, there is a work created by the intellectual incompetence of the author. From this point of view, true art imposes the serious demands in front of the author firstly, the artist brings the truth together with the audience, conveys it to the essence of the reality and opens the new opportunities for the thinking.

Soltan is also a graphic and a caricaturist. Soltan has won prizes in many exhibitions and expositions, his works have taken part in many international catalogues. His works are kept in museums and private collections in different countries.


  1. Agsu region, Kalva village.

1993-1997. Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University – bachelor degree.

1997-2000. Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University – magister degree.

  1. Member of Azerbaijan Painters’ Union.

He is a painter, graphic and caricaturist.


  1. “Soltan gulur” (“Soltan laughs”)
  2. “Soltanin jizgileri” (“Soltan’s paintings”)
  3. “Caricatures”
  4. Azerbaijan Painters’ Union, the private exhibition.
  5. 4 works have been published with 4 million editions on the conversation cards of Azercell.
  6. “Irrealism”


  1. Azerbaijan Painters’ Union, the exhibition hall named after V.Samadova
  2. National Library named after M.F.Akhundov
  3. Azerbaijan Painters’ Union, the exhibition hall named after V.Samadova
  4. Icharishahar, Mugham Theatre
  5. Private exhibitions in Tabriz and Ardabil cities of Iran.
  6. European Federation of Psychology Students Association-EFPSA the private exhibition on 31st Common Europe Congress. Gakh, “El restore” hotel.
  7. Irrealism. Baku
  8. “On the way to the high ideas” “Irshad” hotel.
  9. “The intimate beauty” YAY gallery.
  10. “Unreal world” 27qm – Tarana’s Small Gallery and Cafe


  1. Croatia. 15. Interational Cartoon Festival. Solin. (Prize Certifikate)

2019, Morocco 3 rd Edition of theİnternational Festival of Cartoon in Afrika (Certificate of participation)

2019, Turkey “MERCY” International Cartoon Exhibition . (Certification of participation)

  1. Belgium. Euro Kartonale. 22nd edition of the cartoon contest. (Certificate of participation)
  2. Turkey. 10 th International Eskişehir Cartoon Festival. (Certificate of participation)

2019, İndonesiya Papb International Cartoon Festival. (Certificate of appreciation)

2019, Malaysia International Cartoon Exhibition. (Certificate of participation)

2018, Peru The International Graphic Humor Contest La Sonrisa Inca, Cusco (Diplom)

2018, Iran The second International Cartoon Festival of Al-Quds Day (Certificate of participation) 2018, Colombia 4th International Competition of Caricature and Graphic (Diploma of participation) 2018, Croatia. 4 the International Cartoon Exhibition. (Certificate of participation)

2018, Romania The International Exhibition of Satirical Graphic “BUCOVINA” the 12 th Edition (nominated)

2018, Portugal. VI Bienal De Humor Luiz Doliviera Guimaraes. (Certificado de selecçao)

  1. Greece. International Cartoon Exhibition Ymittos. (Diploma of participation)

2018, Turkey 9th International Tourism Cartoon Competition (III prize)

2018, Cairo 5th International Cartoon Gathering (Certificate of participation)

2018, Macedonia The 4th International Competition for Caricature “Bride’s veneration” (Certificates for successful work)

2017, Korea The 6th Sejong International Cartoon Contest (Honorable mention)

2017, Turkey “Bir kitap, bin dost” magazine (Certificate of appreciation)

2017, İndonesia Jitet and Friends Exhibition (Certificate of participation)

2017, Spain 6th GIN Graphic Humor Contest (II prize)

2017, Turkey 9th İnternational Eskisehir Cartoon Festival (Certificate of participation)

2016, China 15th FreeCartoonsWeb International Cartoonet Festival (Bronze Prize)

2016, Turkey İnternational Universal Cartoon Masters (Honorary certificate)

2016, İndonesia 2.Secac İnternational Cartoon Exhibition (Certificate of participation)

2015, Korea The 4th Sejong International Cartoon Contest (Honorable mention)

2005, China 3. Leng Mu International Cartoon Competition (Special prize)

2004, China 2. Leng Mu International Cartoon Competition (Excellence prize)

2003, Korea 12 th Daejon International Cartoon Contest (Special prize)

2002, China 1. Leng Mu International Cartoon Competition (Special prize)

2001, Egypt EFPAC – I International Cartoon Competition (III prize)

2001, Turkey I International Fair Play Cartoon Competetion (I prize


  1. Serbie. International Festival of Humor and Satire Golden Helmet.
  2. Croatia. 15. Interational Cartoon Festival. Solin.

2019, Turkey. The 38th International Nasreddin Hoja Cartoon Contest.

  1. 2nd CEBU LAMPOON FESTIVAL Philippines international cartoon exhibition

2018.Portugal. VI Bienal De Humor Luiz D`olivera Guimaraes

  1. Turkey. 35 Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Contest

2018.Spain. XXV Muestra İnternacional De Las Artes Del Humor

2018.Croatia. 12 th International Zagreb Car Cartoon Exhibit 2018, Iran. “The end of Terrorism” International Contest

2018, Turkey. The 37th International Nasreddin Hoja Cartoon Contest.

2018, Egypt. 5 the International Cartoon Gathering

  1. Brazil. 1st Veredas of Graphic Humor Award


2018, Italy . The XIII edition of Festival dell’Economia in Trento 2018, Italy

2018, Japan. “Gallery of Wonderful? Wonder World 2018 JAPAN”

2018, Indonesia. “BCF2 CARTOON EXHIBITION”

2018, Kosova. 15. International Comic Book and Cartoon Festival.

  1. Turkey. 9th International Tourism Cartoon Competition (Antalya, Akra otel)
  2. Egypt. “The first international Cairocature cartoon contest / Egypt 2018”
  3. Brazil. Album of the Salão do Humor da Cidadania -Prejudice Is Not Grac-2018

2018, Turkey . 9th International Tourism Cartoon Competition

2017, Korea. The 6th Sejong International Cartoon Contest

  1. Syria. The 13th International Cartoon Gallery.
  2. Turkey. The 9th International Eskisehir Cartoon Festival.
  3. Portugal. The 5th Bienal de Humor Luiz D`oliveria Guimaraes.
  4. Turkey. International Tourism Cartoon Competition.
  5. Korea. The 4th Sejong Int`l Cartoon Winner Works.
  6. Turkey. International Tourism Cartoon Competition.
  7. Gairo. The 2nd International Cartoon Gothering.
  8. Turkey. The 35th International Nasreddin Hoja Cartoon Contest.
  9. Poland. International Competition on drawing. Jaka Bede…
  10. Iran. The Second International Cartoon Festival of Tabriz Prevention of Addiction.
  11. Poland. International Competition on drawing. Jaka Bede… 2004. China. The 3rd LM International Cartoon Competition. LM Cartoon Museum.
  12. Korea. The 12th Daejon Cartoon Contest Prize Works. 2003. Bulgaria. The Sixteenth International Biennial of Humor and Satire in the arts Gabrovo.
  13. Portugal. The 5th Porto Cartoon World Festival.

2003.China. The 2nd LM International Cartoon Competition. LM Cartoon Museum.

  1. Belgium. International Cartoon festival Knokke Heist.
  2. Turkey. Tourism and Environment of the Mediterranean.
  3. Greece. The 1st Rhodes International Cartoon Exhibition.
  4. Turkey. The 2nd International Fair Play Cartoon Competition.
  5. Turkey. The 1st International Fair Play Cartoon Competition.
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