Farid Rasulov

Born in 1985 | Shusha, Azerbaijan

Contact: far.rasulov@gmail.com


Education: 2007: Azerbaijan State Medical University
School of Visual Arts in New York

Farid Rasulov is an artist working with a wide range of art forms such as installation, sculpture, drawing, painting, and 3D graphics. Artist’s previous works also include one performance and one video. Farid’s involvement with art was unexpected for the artist’s family and friends, and even for the artist himself. Having been surrounded by friends working with different art forms and observing them, Rasulov was influenced and inspired to delve into the world of art despite having a different background. Farid initially started their artistic practice by shooting videos, before switching to painting, sculptures, and installations. Artist describes this process as an “easy and natural process” in one of the interviews. Most of Rasulov’s works are conceptual and traces of the artist's previous career as a doctor can be found in most works.

In the “1001 skewers” installation, for example, Farid Rasulov used skewers to create human DNA, an electromagnetic field, and adenine (a chemical base found in human DNA). The installation also includes the tree of life (a fundamental archetype in many of the world's mythologies, religious, and philosophical traditions), other geometrical shapes, and stars as a reference to the European flag. Rasulov said about this exhibition that “it is devoted to different situations, where each object in contact with other, similar objects passes from the state of the object to the state of the story — the idea is born, and life begins". The work is interpreted by some as a way of showing the male’s dominance in society by making DNA out of a set of skewers - a cooking tool mainly used by males in Azerbaijan. However, early in the artist's career, Rasulov had always and continuously emphasized that he meant nothing about the artworks and there was no symbolism, subtext, or metaphors used.

“My work is based on the fact that I do not take it seriously – and neither do I take seriously the things I portray”, “ I don’t mean to define anything through it (art), I just want to record it.” are two of the quotes that describe Farid’s position in the debate. Thus, maybe Rasulov still holds to the same point of view and all the carefully made interpretations of the artist's work are wrong. However, since one’s view continuously changes and evolves, it might be the case for Rasulov as well.

The artist also frequently refers to vivid and colorful aspects of nature by making realistic paintings of vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

Solo Exhibitions:
2021: Kurban Olurum, Sanatorium gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2020: Qurban Olum, Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
2018: 1001 Skewers, St.Louis, Laumiere Sculptural Park, MO, US.
2014: Dogs in the Living Room, Rabouan Moussion Gallery, Paris, France
2013: ACTUAL TRADITION, Sharjah Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah, UAE
2012: SEAFOOD. Personal exhibition, Aidan Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2010: SUBJECTS, Solo Exhibition, KichikQalart GalleryBaku, Azerbaijan

Selected group exhibitions:
2021: OSTRALE Biennale O21, Drezden, Germany
2017: ARTOMI residency group exhibition, upstate New York, US.
2017: "Between the Sea and Mountains", YAY Gallery, Azerbaijan
2016: Teesside World Exposition of Art and Technology, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
2016: Moscow Young Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow
2016: ArteLagunaPrize 10 - Winner of Sculptural and Installation Section
2015: Meeting point, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Cuadro Gallery, Dubai.

FLY TO BAKU. Contemporary art from Azerbaijan', Kunsthistorisches Museum - Neue Burg, Vienna, Austria; Spazio D - Maxxi building National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy; Spazio D MAXXI building, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia; me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany; Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, France; Phillips de Pury& Company, London, UK

2013: ORNAMENTATION, 55th Venice Biennale, Azerbaijan Pavillion, Venice, Italy
2013: LOVE ME LOVE ME NOT, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Collateral Event for the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2013: 012 BAKU PUBLIC ART Festival, organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space Baku, Azerbaijan
2012: COMMONIST, Contemporary art exhibition, organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012: NEXT LEVEL, Contemporary art group exhibition, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012: MERGING BRIDGES, Contemporary art exhibition, Museum of Modern Art Baku, Azerbaijan
2011: FORWARD Alternative Art Place, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku.
2011: FIRED UP, Gazelli Art House, Show one of five. London, UK
2011: FABULOUS FOUR, Kichik QalArt, Baku
2011: BIG CAUCASUS, PERMM Gallery, Perm, Russia
2010: AZERBAIJAN CONTEMPORARY ART, Aidan Gallery, Moscow
2010: UNDER THE SCALDING SUN, painting project, Deutch Kyrkha, Baku, Azerbaijan
2009: COGITO ERGO SUM. 53rd International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale Azerbaijan Pavilion. Giudecca 95, Venice, Italy
2008: STEPS OF TIME: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Residenzschloss, Dresden, Germany
2008: MINIMUM WAGE project, group-exhibition Center of Contemporary Arts Baku, Azerbaijan
2007: REALITIES OF DREAMS. ALUMINUM 3, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Baku Azerbaijan


Europallet, 2016
120 x 80 x 14 cm
Wooden artwork

Dogs in the living room, 2014
Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric) furniture

Rabouan Moussion Gallery, Paris.

Adenine, 2018
Stainless steel Skewe
Dimensions variable

Debates, 2014
Computer-generated image, C-Print, Fujifilm Crystal Archive Paper, Museum Plexiglas Sandwich
90 x 135 cm

Fathers and their children ( XY ), 2017
Stainless steel
270 x 170 cm