Francis Bacon ? Edvard Munch ? NIYAZ NAJAFOV !

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EXHIBITION FROM THURSDAY, 11 JULY UNTIL WEDENESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2013
OPENING RECEPTION : WEDENESDAY 10 JULY FROM 6P.M. TO 9P.M.

Gallery Nikki Diana Marquardt is pleased to present a new selection of works by Niyaz Najafov.

Lorenzo Belenguer of the Huffington Post proposes that the self-taught artist NIYAZ NAJAFOV is Francis Bacon’s successor… a well-deserved accolade. Pictorially his raw crude lurid portrayals remind us of Bacon’s extraordinary renderings… However that is his departure point from the master. Najafov relates and suggests a depth of human emotion and suffering that is profoundly disturbing. He extrapolates this state of being to its extreme and at the same time there is a kind of lightness and humor to it. Mankind at its best and at its worst are equally demonstrated in these astonishing paintings.

Najafov is far from the cold calculating conceptual renderings that we are used to in the contemporary art world. His paintings, portrayals and renderings fling the viewer back to his unrelenting and inexorable human condition. Troubling and disturbing. Here Najafov meets another master of “Weltschmerz” Edvard Munch.  Existential angst is the key to his work… he burrows down to hell and resurfaces with a hint of a smile. He treats banal subject matter with raw intensity, portraying humanity in a fragile and hopeless state which brings to mind Sisyphus and his unremitting struggle. That said Najafov is a master painter with a dark palette.  His work perfectly executed with passionate knife and brush strokes evoking even in the formal appreciation an exceptionally emotional gravity and profundity.

We are honored and delighted to welcome an exhibition of Niyaz Najafov at the Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt for our summer exhibition from the 10th of July – 4th of September 2013.

Niyaz Najafov was born in 1968, Baku, Azerbaijan, Najafov currently resides and works in Baku and Paris.

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