Erkin Alekberli

Born in 1992 | Baku, Azerbaijan


2016: Visual Arts, Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts
2014: Visual Arts, Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts

Erkin Alakbarli graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in monumental painting at Azerbaijan Fine Arts Academy. He has been working on and is known for the medium of painting. His involvement in the local art scene started in 2009. Since then, he has been part of numerous festivals, art competitions, fairs, and projects. He has been involved in a residency program at Yarat Studios. Alakbarli was awarded 1st place in the “Futurismo ORA” exhibition and 2nd place in “ARTWEEK” International Art Competition held in Moscow, Russia. Elkin Alakbarli’s work has been exhibited locally and abroad, in Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Berlin.

Several different artistic styles, themes, and colors are typical to the artist’s work since he continuously experiments with materials and techniques. The artist sees art as a way of exploration, expression, and declaration of the truth. He both uses dark and muted color palettes, and brighter and more lively tones depending on the central feelings of the painting. Erkin usually paints portraits leaving an obscure feeling on the viewer, nudes with gloomy tones, abstract paintings, and still life. He is solely drawn by human stories including personal experiences when creating his art and describes it with the following words:

“Most of all I am inspired by dramatic stories from people's lives. Stories that I myself experienced or could feel and thereby show in paintings. My work is focused on feelings and emotions.”

Besides translating the feelings and emotions that he experiences, Erkin expresses his opinions and views on both global and personal events through his diverse body of work.

Exhibitions and Events

Fogs Turned Into Epic Story in My Head –YARAT Centre
Residency program at Yarat Studios
Exhibition “Futurismo ORA” 1st place
From Waste to Art - 2016 International Symposium
Half truths exhibition.YARAT/ Artim project space. Baku, Azerbaijan
Exhibition - conference in frame of campaign "justice for khojaly" in Moscow
“Azerbaijan Art Festival-2014”
“Semeni” İnternational Art Contest.HeydarAliyev Cultural Center.
“İnversia” Contemporary art exhibition.Baku Creatve Center.Baku, Azerbaijan.
“Azerbaijan Art Festival - 2013”
“Catalyzer” contemporary art exhibition in frame of First “Baku Galleries Festival”.Contemporary Art Centre.
“Xojaly” exhibition. Baku – Berlin Gallery. Berlin, Germany
“Delphic Olympic Art Games” Novosibirsk, Russia.
“Keywords” Conceptual art exhibition.Baku Creative Centre. Baku, Azerbaijan.
“Memory/Retrospective” project in frame of Biennale of Contemporary Art “Aluminium”. Absheron Gallery.
“Caspi” youth forum.Makhachkala, Dagestan Republic.
Second place in İnternational Art Competition “ARTWEEK”. Moscow, Russia


"Sunflowers of life", 2022
Acrylic, canvas
90x60 cm 

“Lost angel”, 2020
Oil, canvas 
120x150 cm

"Somnambulism", 2020
Canvas, acrylic
157х107 cm

"Frozen water", 2022
"My Seas My Oceans" exhibition
45х110х34 cm

"Prisoners of water", 2022
114х65х30 cm