Summer 2003 (11.2)
Artists in the Loft
Khalilov - Watchful Eye on Mother Nature
by Bahram Khalilov
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I was fortunate to born into a very creative family in1970. My
father Farhad Khalilov was a painter and my mother, a psychiatrist.
From childhood, I was enveloped in an atmosphere of intellectual
thought and art. Neither of my parents pressured me into becoming
an artist. Simply, I grew up in an environment that made me pursue
a career of self-expression.
From as early as I can remember, I've been fascinated and preoccupied
with drawing, painting, reading books of philosophy and listening
to music, and even performing it. Music was a big part of our
family and still is. Both of my parents enjoy playing music -
especially jazz, rhythm and blues. Yes and also funk music. To
a great extent, music still plays an important role in my life
and my art.
I belong to a generation of contemporary artists who are in search
of unconventional ways to express themselves.
Nevertheless, I feel privileged to have received a classical
art education: four years at Azerbaijan State Art College and
three years at the Azerbaijan Art University and five years studying
in New York City including a degree at the renowned Pratt Institute.
There, in the setting of the "Big Apple", I was exposed
to new artistic experiences, ranging from extensive graphic arts
training with computer technology to communicating via art to
a more diverse and wider audience. Being there also enabled me
to learn more about Western art and to meet a great number of
young, as well as renowned, artists from distant corners of our
I strongly believe that an artist cannot be a whole person if
he lacks knowledge and personal experience of the traditional
ways of art. Various artists throughout history have been preoccupied
with the same questions of visual, philosophical and formal aesthetics
What is an artist? For me, it's a person who is honest-totally
honest-in every aspect of his life. To be an artist means to
search for the Truth of life. In my particular case, that means
mostly through visual art media. May God grant me the strength
of heart, keen perception, and depth of intuition to distinguish
Truth from lies-Truth from artificiality.
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