Faig Ahmed

(Azerbaijan, 1982)

  • Faig Ahmed, "Liquid" 2014. Image Courtesy of Faig Ahmed Studio (Foto/Photo)
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    Faig Ahmed, "Liquid" 2014. Image Courtesy of Faig Ahmed Studio

Faig Ahmed is an internationally recognized artist from Baku, Azerbaijan, who represented Azerbaijan at the Venice Biennale in 2007. He is well known for his conceptual works that bring traditional decorative craft and the visual language of carpets into contemporary sculptural works of art. His works reimagine ancient crafts and create new visual boundaries by deconstructing traditions and stereotypes.

Ahmed’s artworks engage the viewers through it’s unexpected marriage of traditional crafts, steeped in history, with hyper-contemporary, digitally distorted images often in the form of pixilation, three-dimensional shapes and melting paint that alters the pattern on the rugs. He employs computers to sketch his works and chooses intricate traditional methods of carpet-weaving techniques to transfer his designs on carpets.

Ahmed has exhibited his works worldwide including group and solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Rome, Dubai, Moscow and the UAE. In 2013, the artist was nominated for the Jameel Prize 3 at Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His works are in public collections including Los Angeles County Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, RISD Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Arsenal Contemporary, Wake Forest University; and in several private collections.

In the Hannah Ryggen Triennial, Ahmed is represented by two monumental works.

  • Faig Ahmed. Photo: Sarvan Gadirov (Foto/Photo)
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    Faig Ahmed. Photo: Sarvan Gadirov