Paintings

Selected artworks

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Absheron, 2012

Acrylic on canvas, ink, pencil, oil pastel

200 x 250 cm

2012 Merging Bridges, group exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan (May 15 – June 15)

 

2012 – 2013 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

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Cherry, 2012

Acrylic on canvas

91 x 131 cm

2012 – 2013 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

In her desire to know the world around, based on the deep processes of the work of the subconscious, the artist turns to various types of art. The artist’s graphic works are characterized by meditative harmony, purity and transparency of color, smoky and blurry forms, combined with expressiveness and lightness of the stroke.

 

The landscapes of Aida Mahmudova are not so much a kind of reflection of nature as its philosophical understanding, an attempt to penetrate into the essence of the unshakable laws of the universe. Painting, graphics, installations, video art and photography are just the means that Aida Mahmudova uses to manifest her inner creative freedom. She experiments, acquiring new professional skills, improves her skills, but, most importantly, she always remains an artist – searching, comprehending, thinking.

 

(From Fly to Baku exhibition catalogue, Roma, 2013)

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GRES, 2012

plywood, acrylic, mixed media

200 x 150 cm

2012 Commonist, group exhibition, YARAT Alternative Space, Baku, Azerbaijan (September 22 – October 22)

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Landscape, 2013

Acrylic on canvas

120 x 150 cm

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Untitled, 2014

Mixed technique on canvas

190 x 290 cm

2014 Off White, Contemporary art auction to benefit The Naked Heart Foundation, Central Exhibition Hall Manage, Christie’s, Moscow, Russia (September 18 – October 19)

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On my way back home, 2014

Oil on canvas

150 x 200 cm

2014 Off White, Contemporary art auction to benefit The Naked Heart Foundation, Central Exhibition Hall Manage, Christie’s, Moscow, Russia (September 18 – October 19)

Aida Mahmudova’s work participates in the growing preoccupation with memory and nostalgia. In her pieces, the larger narrative of Azerbaijani history is seen through the dramatic and elusive veil of personal experience and identity. Her pieces delve into the emotive facets of ‘longing’– specifically, the longing for the memory of a place, rather than the place itself. Simultaneously, her work meditates on how memory is tied to the debris and the material of the past rather than simply the locale or context. The scenes are a combination of both real and remembered sites from old Baku and the Absheron Peninsula. On the Way Back Home, depicts fragments of the landscape captured from the window of a fast moving car. The scenery behind the window is changing gradually, but when seen from a car each “fragment” seems edged with the window frame.

 

(From Off White, Contemporary art auction to benefit The Naked Heart Foundation, project catalogue, Moscow, 2014)  

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Pirshagi, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

150 x 200 cm

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Summer, 2014

Mixed technique on canvas

150 x 200 cm

 

Kiosk, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

176 x 210 cm

 

Untitled, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

250 x 120 cm

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Untitled, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

140 x 110 cm

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Untitled, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

200 x 100 cm

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Untitled, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

200 x 100 cm

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Untitled, 2015

Mixed media on canvas

210 x 370 cm

2015 Meeting Point, Group Exhibition, Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, UAE (September 15 – October 15)

Aida Mahmudova explores personal memory spaces through painting and installation. Her fluid canvases depict skies, trees, seas, houses, electric wires, fences and drying laundry. They give an impression of passing by in time and space, through places from the artist's memory, some of which may no longer exist due to rapid change so common to her hometown. Preferring a pastel palette, Mahmudova appropriates the spaces she inhabits at any given time and makes them her own by imbuing the usual scenes with transcendent light. She captures a prescient moment. As an artist who is always on the move, she makes fleeting landscapes her home, a place of comfort and stillness.

 

(From Meeting Point Catalogue, Dubai, 2015)

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Untitled, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

200 x 100 cm

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Untitled, 2014
mixed media, canvas
200 x 200 cm

2015 Meeting Point, Group Exhibition, Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, UAE (September 15 – October 15)

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Under the trees, 2019

Mixed media on canvas

200 x 150 cm

2019 Jivopis group exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaiijan