Aida Mahmudova is an

Azerbaijani artist and 

founder of YARAT

Contemporary Art Space

(Baku). She holds a BA in 

Fine Art from Central Saint

Martin's College of Art and 

Design (London).


ig. @aidasaya


Aida Mahmudova's works has been exhibited internationally and uses a variety of techniques and media. Despite a varied practice, the artist’s main focus remains her exploration of material as a tool for experimenting with and navigating the world she inhabits.

Early on in her work, Mahmudova developed a curiosity towards material, which manifested itself through experimentation with light, color and matter in her landscapes and semi-abstract canvases. As her paintings became increasingly more layered the artist expanded her practice into the three dimensional, applying the same approach to sculpture and creating environments both emotive and intense. The artist continually mixes layer upon layer of widely diverse material, such as paper, clay, paint, cement, stone, and, more recently, epoxy resin and untreated marble. These materials take on an almost human quality for the artist as she explores the ways in which they connect, interact and affect one another. Deeply intuitive, the artist uses these experiments as tools for her own material growth and emotional healing.

For Mahmudova the process is everything and her textured works act as tokens of memory, each layer exposing a particular moment on the artist's personal time-space continuum.

Harmonious with the physical nature of her chosen materials and her preferred earthly palette, Mahmudova’s oeuvre continues to invoke the full spectrum of universal human sentiments of love, loss, memory and desire.

In 2011, Aida Mahmudova founded YARAT Contemporary Art Space as a hub for supporting work of young artists both locally and internationally. After many years of successful operation and international programming, YARAT now boasts 3 exhibition spaces in Baku with dynamic, commission-based programming by leading international, regional, and Azerbaijani artists, as well as an Artist Residency programme and an array of Public and Educational Programs and Events.

Solo exhibitions


PASTPRESENTSFUTURE, Sapar Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA


Non-imagined Perspectives, YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan


Landscaped, Slovenská filharmónia, Bratislava, Slovakia

Landscaped, Azerbaijan's Culture Center, Vienna, Austria

Can't Capture the Light, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium


Umwelt, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

Elisium, MoMA, Baku, Azerbaijan


Passing By..., Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA


Internal Peace, Barbarian Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland


Internal Peace, Kichik GalArt Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan


Solo exhibition, in collaboration with pianist Murad Adigezalzadeh, devoted to the 120th jubilee of Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan


First Solo Exhibition, Q Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

Group exhibitions


Fogs turned into epic story in my head, YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan


Живопись, Baku Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Baku, Azerbaijan


Starry Skies, Traveling exhibition, Azerbaijan regions


Bodily Landscapes, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

Her shey qayidacaq, Gazelli Art House, London, UK


Between the Sea and Mountains, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan


300 Words on Resistance, YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

Art Dubai, YAY Gallery Stand F8, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE


Art Paris Fair, YAY Gallery Booth G6, Grand Palais, Paris, France


Meeting Point, Dubai, UAE

Exploring Inward, Exhibition in frame Buta Festival, Louise Blouin

Foundation, London, United Kingdom

Making Histories, YARAT Permanent Collection Exhibition, YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

Vita Vitale, National Pavilion of Azerbaijan, at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Candy Mountains and Oil CoastsExhibition of Azerbaijan artists, PERMM Museum of Modern Art, Perm, Russia


Here Today, The Old Sorting Office, London, UK

Poetics of The Ordinary, Azerbaijan Pavillion, Vienna Fair the New Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

Love Me Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan


Love Me Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Collateral Event for the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Home Sweet Home, Azerbaijan Cultural Center, Paris, France; Baku Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Baku, Azerbaijan


Fly to Baku. Contemporary art from Azerbaijan. Travel exhibition series. Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan; Kunsthistorisches museum – Neue Burg, Vienna, Austria; Spazio D – MAXXI building National Museum of XXI Century arts, Rome, Italy; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia; me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany; Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, France; Howick Place – Phillips de Pury & Company, London, UK


012 Baku Public Art Festival, Organised by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan

Commonist, YARAT’s alternative art space, Baku, Azerbaijan


Merging Bridges, International Group Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan


Foreword, YARAT’s alternative art space, Baku, Azerbaijan


The Land Of Fire, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Hotel d’ Evreux, Paris, France

Maiden Tower, 1st International Festival of Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan