Born in Baku on March 16-19, 1970.
1985-89. Student at Azimzade Art School.
1991-97 – Student of the Faculty of Industrial Graphics of the Azerbaijan State Institute of Arts named after A. Huseynzade.
1994 – Participant of the exhibition “Azerbaijan Today” (sponsor: “Unocal Khazar Ltd.”, initiator: Baku Art Center).
1994-2004 – Participant of the annual exhibition-competition “Azerbaijan Today”. Project by Unocal Khazar Ltd and Baku Art Center.
1995 – Exhibition dedicated to Independence Day. With his work “The Next Generation”.
1998 – Participant of the Republican exhibition “Youth – 98”, devoted to the Youth Day.
1998 – Participant of the exhibition “Novruz -98”, organized by the Azerbaijan Advertising Association and Baku Executive Power.
1999 – Participation in the AIDS Education Exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Society and the AIDS Awareness.
1999-2001 – Participant of the annual exhibition-competition “Ecology and We”, organized by the Youth Union and Texaco.
2001 – Participation in an exhibition-competition organized by the Youth Union of Azerbaijan against organized fraud.
2005 – Participant of the competition “Paralympicists” organized by the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan and the Paralympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
2006 – Participant of an exhibition organized by the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Defense against organized fraud.
2006 – Exhibition organizer by CARGO Aviation Company and Baku Art Center.
2007 – Diploma at the Biennale in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
2008 – Participant of the exhibition “Summer Vernisage” organized by the Museum Center.
2008 – Participant of the exhibition “Winter Harmony” organized by the Museum Center.
2009 – Participant of the exhibition “My City” organized by the Museum Center.
2009 – Participation in the exhibition “In Love for Women” organized by the Museum Center.
2009 – Participant of the exhibition “White and Black”, organized by the Museum Center.
2010 – Participant of the exhibition “Women’s Perfume”, organized by the Azerbaijan State Museum of Art.
2010 – Exhibition “Philosophy of Spring”, organized by the Museum Center.
2010 – Exhibition “Cinema Day”, organized by the Museum Center.
2010 – September 14 Solo exhibition “Right to the Top” held at Park Cafe. Sponsor: Park Cafe. Organizer: 2N Joy.
2010 – Exhibition “Auto-Portrait” organized by the Museum Center.
2011 – FUSION DOLL I Baku International Puppet Biennale
2011- Gabala International Symposium.
2011- “Winter Time” Exhibition of Azerbaijani Artists Museum Center.
2012 – Exhibition of Azerbaijani artists “Wonders of Venice”. . Museum Center.
2012 – “SPORTART” 2012, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the National Olympic Committee
2013 – – FUSION DOLL II Baku International Puppet Biennale
2013 – Exhibition of Azerbaijani artists “Fish Borg” . Museum Center February 22-28
2013 – The Light of Beauty 2013 Exhibition of Azerbaijani Artists. . Museum Center
2013 – NarART Azerbaijan Artists’ Union
2015 – “The Light of Beauty 2105 Exhibition of Azerbaijani Artists. . Museum Center March 5-12
2015 – Exhibition of Azerbaijani Artists “Coffee aroma”. . Museum Center 19.06.2015
2015 – INTERNATIONAL ARTS SYMPOSIUM Tarsus, Turkey April 2015
2015 – GOLDEN INTERNATIONAL ART SYMPOSIUM Baku 2015 May
2015 – BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL ART SYMPOSIUM Sarajevo 2015 September
2015 – ART CONSUL AZERBAIJAN “Sports and Health” Plenary Exhibition. September
2015 – FUSION DOLL III Baku International Puppet Biennale October
2016 – JAZZ COLORS Personal Creativity Exhibition. October 23rd.
Her works are in private collections in Turkey, Germany, Bosnia, Estonia, Poland, Norway, Russia and Bulgaria, and in Mrs. Hillary Clinton’s personal collection.
The Beauty of Universal Structure
Nailya Bannayeva, art critic
Vugar Ali is an artist of a new direction. His artistic credo is: “To create beauty, not fear”.
This is an artist who, while giving free rein to his feelings in full creative flight and simultaneously creating his own world will not fail to create a balance using algebra and to share
the formula arrived at with the viewer.
A talented master of the brush, Ali instinctively feels that beauty is a system like, for example, human speech or the laws of physics. Does he really feel this only instinctively? A passion for crystallography has contributed to this extraordinary artist’s outlook. He studied
crystallography, with several other enthusiasts, under the direction of famous mineralogist and member of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Khudu Mammadov.
“I try to reflect the internal order of the universe in the form of a crystalline structure in my compositions. If you try, you can see harmony and structure in everything – says Vugar Ali.
Life is penetrated by a structural “grid”, which is seen most clearly in crystals, but is also in a carpet,
a gurama (appliqué), a book miniature… Knowing the existence of this “grid”, we can work out the connection, for example, between painting and mathematics. Mondrian, Kandinsky, and many other famous artists tried to do this. It is worth noting that they did so through the prism of
oriental art, including Islamic art, as the art of the East came very close to elucidating the mysteries of the world’s structure…”
The pomegranate is an important symbol in Vugar Ali’s creative work. Knowing the artist’s passion for crystallography, it is easy to understand why the pomegranate has become something
of an artistic fetish for him. We can rarely see such a clear and natural model of the universe as in a clump of pomegranate seeds, wrapped in their dark peel as the sparks of life on Earth are
wrapped in the darkness of the eternal night of the universe.
“The pomegranate is a small world, says Ali. I appreciate not only its mysterious, highly symbolic appearance, but also its mythological essence. I know many legends about this fruit,
but I value most an ancient Carthaginian fairytale about fairies living within the flowers of a pomegranate tree. These extremely beautiful fairies come out at night and sing, charming people with their voices and transporting them to mysterious worlds… I tried to imagine how these
fairies would look and created their image. Although the fairies are beautiful and human like, they are still creatures from another world…”
One more mysterious symbol from the natural world that holds special meaning for the artist is the hoopoe. This is a trim and striped bird which, according to Muslim legend, brought news to the Queen of Sheba from her beloved King Solomon.
We have to say that all the artists of both old and new Absheron schools love the hoopoe – it has become a sign of their brotherhood. Can we see live hoopoes now? Alas… Vugar Ali recalls that during his childhood he often saw these birds in his native settlement of Buzovna, as well as in the neighbouring settlements of Nardaran and Mashtaga. When he was older, he went back
there to sketch, and the hoopoes were still there… However, you will hardly see them nowadays,” he says.
Generally speaking, much of what was then customary, now belongs to the past … For example, the traditional Absheron buildings, ancient Baku streets, and even some human types
from those years. Vugar Ali tries to perpetuate, to preserve all of this on his canvases. One of his pictorial series is called “Everything leaves…” Another series is dedicated to those departed types and is called “The Guys from our Quarter”.
Apart from the realities of life, some of Vugar’s artistic laws refer bitterly to things that disappear, among them the accuracy of composition and clarity of purpose which, in his opinion, are more important even than professional skill and imagination. He believes that composition is
increasingly being replaced by “aesthetics”, i.e. beauty is replaced by prettiness.
Despite the breadth of his imagination Vugar Ali is not a dreamer or removed from reality. You should not think that he is not of this world, like those fairies that excite his imagination. On the contrary, this talented artist has both feet firmly on our sinful Earth. Despite
all the obstacles, therefore, he sees the beauty that many people pursuing less ambitious goals tend to overlook. Furthermore, to the rhetorical question: “What does an artist need to be
completely happy?” he replies unexpectedly prosaically: “First comes time. Then – basic knowledge, i.e. education, which needs to be constantly replenished with new information. Plus… a large workshop. If the conditions are not there, the work will not go well.. "
However, Vugar’s destiny has been kind to him since infancy. His father, an oil engineer, used to dream of being an artist and so he was not against his little son painting on all the wallpaper in the house; the baby literally would not let the pencil out of his hands…
Vugar’s elder brothers were also keen on painting; however in the end he was the only child in the family for whom brush and palette became a mission. He graduated first from the Azim Azimzadeh College of Art in “Artistic Painting” and then from the M.Aliyev Institute of Arts
with distinction in “Industrial Graphics”. After receiving his diploma, the young specialist worked with the magazines “Trend” and “Kirpi” and was a cartoonist with the “Meydan” and “Panorama” newspapers. In 2005, he joined the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan. Besides painting,
posters and theatre and design art, Vugar Ali also designs external advertisements. So far, Vugar Ali has held three private exhibitions, organised during his student years, and
has participated in numerous joint exhibitions. His works can be viewed not only in large exhibitions in galleries, but are also on constant display in the Museum Centre’s gallery, with
which he collaborates, as well as in the popular Bohemian café, the “Half Way Inn”. For the last five years Vugar Ali has been a constant participant in seasonal exhibitions held in the Museum
Centre. Apart from painting, this artist works in graphics to good effect, producing posters. They have been displayed in exhibitions and contests conducted in the “Azerbaijan”, “Ulduz” and
“Gobustan” magazines and have been awarded several prizes. Some of the posters are playbills – Vugar Ali has devoted much time and energy to the world of theatre. He has even mainly
displayed playbills in exhibitions. However, his work is not limited to creating playbills – for the last fifteen years, Vugar Ali has been the art director of a series of performances, especially since
he took over the position of Chief Artist at the State Youth Theatre.
In short, this artist possesses a quite diverse range of interests and covers an extremely wide scope of subjects. What is there to wonder at? Our whole life is penetrated by a single structure
of existence, and talent and success often appear in different parts of the universe’s crystalline