Mahmud Rustamov
Born in 1967 | Baku, Azerbaijan



1992: Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art

1986: Azim Azimzadeh College of Art

Mahmud Rustamov is an internationally recognized Baku-based contemporary artist working in a variety of media – sculpture, graphic art, painting, and installation. The artist engaged with diverse art forms from a young age and started exhibiting his work in the 1990s. Following his first solo exhibition held in 1998 in Baku, Rustamov’s works were included in the “Art in Action” festival in the UK in 1999. In 2000, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Azerbaijan awarded him with the title “Sculptor of the Year ''. The artist has been part of numerous local exhibitions and festivals and held personal solo exhibitions. His commercial and public artworks are an essential part of his artistic practice and include the statues of important figures. He is the author of monuments devoted to Khojaly Tragedy, a public sculpture of Heydar Aliyev, a memorial to the composer Vasif Adigozalov, and the bust of Imadeddin Nasimi (installed in Russia), etc. His works are held in private and public collections in both Azerbaijan and abroad.

Rustamov started taking art lessons and practicing art when he was 13. His early involvement in art is attributed by the artist himself to his artist family members – his father, brother, and uncles. He experiments with a wide range of materials such as bronze, marble, stone, paper, canvas, plastic, wood, and rubber. Working in various media and using a range of materials, his work is an exploration of different themes and visual styles. He sometimes refers to traditional patterns and botanical prints, which, in turn, create an interesting contrast in the nature of his work. He says his work is quite dependent on his mood, or even dreams. The artist’s love for life and creation is expressed by him as follows:

“I’m inspired by anything and everything –whatever is around me. It’s wonderful just to be alive!”


“Under the Sun”, 2012
10 x 12 cm

“Double Sided Torso”, 2011

Makhmud Rustamov
Transformation of Life I and II, 1997

Vugar Muradov
Winter, 2006
Oil on canvas

The Observer, 2001

Where is my rouge?, 2018