Summer 2003 (11.2)
Artists in the Loft
Gazanfar - Exploring Primitive Folk Style
By Tofig Gazanfar
Contact in Baku:
via Yavar Sultanov at: (994-50) 312-54-70 (mobile),
or Namig Mammadov at: (994-50) 327-09-62 (mobile)
More works at AZgallery.org
Click on photos to enlarge
Just like most children,
when I was a child, I loved to draw, too. Later when I started
going to school, I joined the "Drawing Circle" at the
Pioneers' House. Then I entered Baku's Art School and later pursued
formal education at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Art Institute.
I studied with the Design faculty for three years and later continued
with the Ceramics Faculty for more 5 years.
I always seek to express and
reflect my own character in my works via composition, color,
content and philosophy. And I always try to depict reality.
If painting was like pleasurable entertainment for me in childhood,
it is turning out to be an essential part of my life as the years
pass. Painting is no longer a hobby for me; rather it has become
my way of life. It's as essential to me as air and water. For
me, not to be able to draw would be like not living.
Contact Tofig Gazanfar in Baku: The Loft, Istiglaliyyat (Parliament)
Avenue across the street from Baku Soviet Metro Station, Block
500, 6th Floor, No. 1. Leave message for Tofig with Yavar Sultanov
at: (994-50) 312-54-70 (mobile), or Namig Mammadov at: (994-50)
327-09-62 (mobile) to arrange to meet with Tofig. Both of their
studios are next door to Tofig's.
You'll find Tofig's works on the Web at AZgallery.org, along
with more than 160 other Azerbaijani artists. More than 3,000
art works are featured there. Search "Gazanfar" at
This Web site is the creation of Azerbaijan International magazine
and was launched in 1999 to promote what was then the "Little
Known World of Azerbaijani Art." Today, Azerbaijani artists
are becoming more and more well known and recognized as foreigners
purchase their works. Many have held personal exhibitions in
Europe and the United States.
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