Ramal Kazim

Born in 1987 | Ganja, Azerbaijan

Contact: ramalin1959@yahoo.com


2019: Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerpen

2015: Residency in Milano GAP global art program waiting for EXPO 2015

2008: Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts

Ramal Kazim is a Belgium-based artist born in Ganja, Azerbaijan. Having academically trained in art in both Azerbaijan and Belgium, the primary medium artist works with is painting. However, the artist’s portfolio includes his previous works in sculpture as well. The artist has exhibited his works in Italy, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Belgium, and Russia. He also was in an artist residency in Milano Global Art Program in Italy from 2014-2015. He had been a member of the Azerbaijan Artist’s Union and exhibited extensively in the local art scene during the years he lived in Baku.
Regardless of the medium, he works with, all the works of the artist are provocative and dark in their nature, creating both a sense of discomfort and awe in the viewer. Ramal Kazim identifies his artistic style as expressionism and the main theme across the majority of his works is the very experience of being a human. Artist depicts the unease, weight, and strangeness of being human through the distorted and dark depiction of his subjects in unique, yet uncomfortable poses, together with the use of a gloomy color palette and despondent compositions. The artist describes his work as an alternative response to what has been regarded as a stereotype and prohibited in Azerbaijan by the quote below.
“My expressively realist figures immediately and bluntly address imagery and issues that are taboo in Azerbaijan.”

Exhibitions and Events

Personal exhibition:

2012: “On the Edge”, YAY! Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
2018: “Abstinence” Martin Van Blerk Galerie, Antwerp, Belgium
2019: “Massacre Khojaly”, Les Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium

Group exhibitions:

2006: “Panoramas of Cyprus”, Near East University of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Turkey, Cyprus
2007: Exhibition of 60th anniversary of formation of Israeli Government, Azerbaijan State Academy of Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
2009: “Deutschland, das Land…” mit einer Arbeit (Öl auf Leinwand) teilgenommen, Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan
2011: “Deutschland mit den Augen eines Künstlers gesehen” - WINNER, Capelhouse, Baku, Azerbaijan
2011: “FOREWORD”, organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012: “Blue Water” exhibition, Four Seasons Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan
2012: “Merging Bridges”, organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Museum of Contemporary Art
With: International and British artists: James Turrell, Sarah Lucas, Annie Morris, Paul Fryer, Keith Coventry, Alex Hoda, Olympia Scarry, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Ryan Mosley, Jaap de Vries, George Young and Neil Clements. Baku, Azerbaijan
“Azerbaijan’s Young Painters in France”, co-organized by Azerbaijan Embassy in France and “Revival” Youth Social Psychological Rehabilitation Centre, RTR GALLERY, Paris, France
2012: "From Waste to Art" International Art Festival, Gala, Azerbaijan, Baku
2013: “HOME SWEET HOME” Contemporary art exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
2013: Ganja Art Festival, organized by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Ganja, Azerbaijan
2013: “HOME SWEET HOME” Contemporary art exhibition in Azerbaijani Cultural Centre in Paris, Paris, France
2014: “BACARART” project, Azerbaijan (educational training of the children about the fundamentals of drawing, painting, photography and collage)
2014: The 7th International Tashkent Biennale 2014, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
2014: The Competition “ ART Energy-20”, Baku, Azerbaijan
2015: GAP(Global Art Programme) / Expo 2015, La Fabbrica del Vapore, With: Alaa Abu Asad, Paola Anziche, Emanuela Ascari, Beatrice Catanzaro, Richard Cramp, Luca De Leva, Egemen Demirci, Cleo Fariselli, Gabriele Garavaglia, Alessandro Piangiamore, Julie Vacher, Pep Vidal, Asim Waqif, Italy, Milan
2015: "My Khojaly of Sorrow" exhibition, National Palaces Museum, Turkey, Istanbul
2015: "Candy Mountains and Oil Coasts" exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM, Russia, Perm
2016: "Making Histories" group exhibition, YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Azerbaijan, Baku
2018: "Wondrous Pearls, The Baroque Body" Masters in Fine Arts Exhibition 2018, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, De Lange Zaal, Belgium, Antwerp
2018: Master exhibition, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp,De Lange Zaal, Belgium, Antwerp


2015: Recidency "Global Art Program". Location: Fabbrica del Vapore, Italy, Milan


“White Wall”, 2013
Oil, Charcoal on Canvas
94.5 x 59.1 in

“Struggle with death”, 2012
Oil, Chorcoal on Canvas
59.1 x 49.2 in

“Don Quixote”, 2015
Oil, Chorcoal on Canvas
80.7 x 53.1 in

Painting, Oil on Canvas
120 W x 180 H x 0.2 D cm