Teymur Rzayev- Artist Extraordinaire

by Terlan Mehdiyeva

Teymur Resulogli Rzayev was born and raised in Absheron, Azerbaijan. He received his education at an art school named for A. Azimzade. In 1982, an Academy of Fine Arts under the Azerbaijan State Arts Institute was established, and Rzayev graduated with distinction from the Drawing Department of the academy in 1988. Rzayev was one of the most active and creative students of the late Professor Mikayil Abdullayev. Rzayev trained in the Leningrad Art Academy, now St. Petersburg Art Academy, and under the supervision of Professor Devyatov discovered the secrets of art for himself by copying the masterpieces of the greatest artists in Hermitage. Rzayev was offered a job in the Department of Drawing at his alma mater, but he did not work there long.


In 1991, he became a member of the Artists’ Society of USSR, and the member of the Azerbaijan Artists’ Union. He displayed his works at the U.N.O. mansion in the United States in 1993. After five months of work and research in the United States, Teymur was invited to Istanbul by the head of Municipality of Istanbul City and Betreddin Dalan, the founder of Istek Foundation. Rzayev created the department of drawing in the Fine Arts Lyceum named after Istek K. Ataturk, and still works in the Fine Arts Department at Yeditepe University. In 2005, he became a member of the International Artists Association under UNESCO AIAP.

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In Turkey, Rzayev, besides teaching art, participates in various art exhibits. He draws portraits of people from different occupations including leading political and historical figures and businessmen. These paintings enchant the spectators with their extraordinary beauty, color harmony, and the element of improvisation. The magnificent color selection and vivid confluence of light and shade, which is obtained by a soft brush, prove the master’s perfect knowledge of the classics. The combination of shadow and light in these paintings create axonometric, or three-dimensional, scenes.

Although Turkey has had a profound affect on Rzayev, he derives his inspiration from his homeland, Absheron. It has taken many years to study the wilderness of Absheron. Rzayev has spent many sleepless nights trying to understand the constantly changing beauty of Absheron. He has shown its beauties in a range of pictures entitled, “Abseron motivleri,” or, the Motives of Absheron. In the range of his productions are three core elements: air, water, and soil.


On the canvas, “Paradoksun Zaferi,” The Victory of Paradox, Rzayev reveals his thoughts with the inner voices of his brush. The figure of a heart made by two white doves on the bright blue sky is the victorious symbol of Absheron. The theme in this picture shows victory from the decorative point of view, and the successful result of the composition represents the victory of the artist. Rzayev was brought eventual victory by his strong sensitivity, the origin of which is Absheron. The surrounding colored paper pieces, creating the festal mood, sound as the symbol of victory. These colored pieces bring a different dynamic and vividness for this composition. The embodiment of victory by the two doves brings innocence to this composition. The saturation of bright colors and dense tones in the foreground, along with the bright blue color of the background, fit all the rules.

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The second reproduction from the Absheron pictures, named “Square”, draws attention through the structure of the composition. In the middle of the white way, which symbolizes the way to victory, stands a red, three-dimensional square. On this three-dimensional square is a three-dimensional apple. The idea is to draw attention from one three-dimensional object to the other. The apple plays a philosophic role, representing that humanity are the children of the apple. Being the symbol of victory, the apple was put on top of the red square. The original idea of this picture is that people look up when they pray. The holy way leading to God, being a bridge and a symbol of purity, was drawn with white on the top side. This holy bridge between the Lord and humans represents the idea of the bridge of senses. There are many details in the composition that make the observer ponder, but, in pondering, attention gathers on the fundamental motive, which is the red square complemented by the red frame.

“Square,” along with many of Rzayev’s works, has captured me with its counterbalance of numerous shades of white. White, being an achromatic color, could be changed by using various shades of the same color, which made it possible to get the desired depth. In regard to the sea in the background, he used the pointillism style which looked more poetic. With these feeelings in mind, the artist puts forward his philosophy. The combination of fantasy and reality in this range of Rzayev’s productions creates quite a different notion; the artist is in constant search of new themes and forms.

Holding the world classics as an example, Teymur Rzayev is an artist who can talk to observers through his artwork. Since 1993 he has taught the secrets of such miraculous art, and his students art can be seen in Turkey and many other countries.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Teymur Rzayev currently is the Diaspora Committee’s Coordination Council Member, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan and Staff Member at the F.A.D. of the T.R.Yeditepe University.


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