Jazz music through the eyes of an Azerbaijani artist [PHOTO]

March 19, 2020 2:20 p.m. (UTC+04:00)


By Laman Ismayilova

For many decades, jazz has fascinated people all over the world. With its charming sounds, this style of music leaves no one indifferent.

Inspired by great musicians, Vugar Ali uses vivid colors and shapes to reflect jazz music through art.

In his interview with Azernews, the famous artist revealed his art secrets and his passion for art jazz music.

Chasing dreams

Vugar Ali has been drawing since a young age. He inherited his father’s devotion to art.

However, things turned out quite differently. Many years passed, and the father of the artist chose another profession. Despite all the challenges, Vugar Ali achieved his father’s elusive dream.

Vugar Ali was engaged in drawing at the Palace of Culture and Visual Arts in Zagulba and other institutions. During this time he met Mesume Aghayeva, who played an invaluable role in the artist’s life.

In 1991, the artist entered the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, where he studied at the Faculty of Industrial Graphics.

As a student, Vugar Ali participated in various exhibitions. His first personal exhibition took place in 1985 at the Palais des Pionniers.

Besides studying, Vugar also attended the lectures of the famous scientific crystallographer Khudu Mammadov, who drew parallels between the shape of crystals and the patterns of carpets. All these lectures impressed the artist.

jazz legend

The musical theme occupies a special place in the art of Vugar Ali. Through his art, the artist has perfectly expressed all the richness of jazz music.

His art is inextricably linked to Azerbaijani jazz legend Vagif Mustafazade, who was born on the same day as the artist. Every year, the artist pays tribute to the man of jazz on March 16.

As a child, Vugar Ali often played the piano, imitating the jazz musician. The artist was fascinated by his unique performance and his charisma.

Music through the eyes of the artist

Talking about his passion for jazz music, Vugar Ali also mentioned his solo exhibition, organized in 2016 as part of the International Jazz Festival.

The exhibition presented the portraits of Azerbaijani and foreign jazzmen of different generations – Emma Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Rafig Babayev, Parviz Rustambayov, Vagif Mustafazade, İsfar Sarabskiy and others.

His next exhibition “The rhythms of colors” presented more than 50 paintings inspired by jazz music. The event took place at the Baku Museum Center, bringing together public and artistic figures.

Currently, Vugar Ali is working on new paintings. The artist plans to further delight art lovers with his colorful works of art.

Laman Ismayilova is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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