Speech of the Birds | Handmade Woolen and Silk Carpet | 175 x 300 cm | 2016
Fuel | Handmade Woolen Carpet | 135 x 318 cm | 2016
Gautama | Handmade Woolen Carpet | 285 x 380 cm | 2017
Faig Ahmed was born in Sumqayit, the third-largest city in Azerbaijan, in 1982, and graduated from the sculpture department of the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in 2004. He represented Azerbaijan at the nation’s inaugural pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and participated in the “Love Me, Love Me Not” exhibition for the 2013 event.
Mr. Ahmed has exhibited his works worldwide including group and solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Moscow, Mumbai, Rome, Sydney and Dubai. In 2013, he was nominated for the Jameel Prize 3 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
His works are in public collections in the United States, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Palm Springs Museum of Art, RISD Museum; Bargoin Museum, France; The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; as well as private collections such as the West Collection, Philadelphia; the collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York City; Galila Barzilaï-Hollander’s collection, Brussels; and the private collection of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa al-Nahyan, United Arab Emirates, among others.
Mr. Ahmed’s works have been recently exhibited in several museum group shows all over the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington; the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO), the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania and the Textile Museum of Sweden, Borås.
Faig Ahmed is well known for his conceptual works that utilize traditional decorative craft and the visual language of carpets into contemporary sculptural works of art. His works reimagine ancient crafts and create new visual boundaries by deconstructing traditions and stereotypes.
Mr. Ahmed lives and works in Baku, Azerbaijan.