Elvin Nabizade

Born in 1986 | Bolinisi, Georgia

Contact: elvinnabizadeh@gmail.com

2012:  Self-identification, National Culture, Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts

Elvin Nabizade is an installation artist and sculptor mainly focusing on themes such as self-identification and national culture. Nabizade achieves the exploration of these themes through the use of significant elements related to the local culture, one of the most seen of which is the Azerbaijan music instrument saz. Artist’s main inspiration and starting point is the Azerbaijani heritage and identity.

The artist first started experimenting with such elements in his university years. The use of culturally important musical instruments in Elvin’s work set the artist apart from other contemporary artists since these particular elements are not typical of contemporary practices. Azerbaijani Saz used in Nabizade’s works is an instrument used by Ashiqs and influenced the culture of the country by playing an important role in both music and oral literature. The artist does not work with readymades, instead, he uses handmade instruments. The installations made by the artist are in different geometric shapes and some are interacting with the environment. The installations are usually large, presenting a strong dominance over the space and being the centre of attention.

Nabizade’s work was first made a strong statement in the Azerbaijani Pavilion at the 57th International Art Biennale (2017) in Venice, Italy. There the works “Under One Sun” and  “SPHERE” were displayed, which were made from 50 saz and 79 instruments, respectively. Under One Sun which was in the form of an arc was interacting with the environment by charting the transit of the sun throughout the day. The other part of the work - SPHERE was a display of different national narratives within the unity of a culture.


2020: “THE SUN CİRCLE OF KURA”, Mexico ZonaMaCodiseno ARTLexing, Mexico.
2019: “THE SUN CİRCLE OF KURA”, ScopeArtShow ArtBazel Miami Beach, USA
2019: “CHANCE” installation, Viennese Museums Quartier, Vienna, Austria
2019: “Sphere”installation, Cultural Center of the Azerbaijan Embassy in France, Paris
2019: “Sphere”installation ZONA MACO (Mexico), ARTLexing Booth ZMD17, Mexico
2018: “Sphere”installation Art Basel Miami, SCOPEARTSHOW, USA
2018: “Carbon» installation, Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts, Spirituality, Baku, Azerbaijan
2017: “A Crossroad of Eastern and Western Architecture”, Seoul, South Korea
2017: “Under One Sun, The Art Of Living Together”, Azerbaijan pavilion, Venice Biennale, “Under One Sun” & “Sphere” installations, Venice, Italy 2016: “Comfortably numb” Group Exhibition - ARTIM Project Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
2016: “Futurism Ora” art exhibition with one sculpture, Baku, Azerbaijan 2016: “Sirga olsun” conceptual art exhibition with one installation, Baku, Azerbaijan
2015: “From Waste to Art“ IV International Exhibition, two sculptures, Baku, Azerbaijan
2015: Baku 1st European Olympic games, “Together we are” mobile exhibition, one sculpture, Azerbaijan, Italy, Germany, France etc.
2014: “KUKNAR” international art exhibition with kinetic sculpture, Baku, Azerbaijan
2014: “Invasion” contemporary art exhibition, “Self-denial” sculpture, Baku, Azerbaijan
2014: “ORIGIN” contemporary art exhibition with two installations and a video art in collaboration with Habib Saher, Baku, Azerbaijan
2014: International Art Exhibition “Semeni”, sculpture “Shekerbura”, Baku, Azerbaijan
2013: exhibition “Zavod” with the installation “CHANCE”, Baku, Azerbaijan 2012: exhibition “Cultural inheritance of the past to the present” organized by the ministry of Culture and Tourism and Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012: contest organized by the Ministry of Sport, statue “Balance”, Baku, Azerbaijan
2010: exhibition “America in my dreams” organized by US embassy.
2009: an exhibition organized by the Turkish embassy, “Two Governments One Nation”, Baku, Azerbaijan


Flight, 2022
117x97x38 cm

Under One Sun installation, 2017
the Azerbaijani Pavilion at the 57th International Art Biennale in Venice, Italy


"Sphere" installation exhibited at the Cultural Center of the Azerbaijani Embassy in France on the occasion of the 101st anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan., 2019