Born October 26, 1925 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

1946 – Graduated from A. Azimzade State Art College in Baku;

1954 – Graduated from I.E. Repin’s Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture with distinction Selected;

Ashraf Murad’s works are being kept at the Artists Union of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan National Art Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Baku and private collections;

Ashraf Murad passed away on March 11, 1979 in Baku.

Ashraf Murad’s works which mainly were kept in private collection after his death, now collected in “Nar” gallery. Unsuccessful life and tragic fate of artist left their imprint both on his creativity and his work’s fate. Azeri people are grateful to gallery owner for that he could gather these works and make them a nation heritage.

Ashraf Murad is one of those artists whose work becomes somehow a continuation of their sad destiny, and imagination is a product of confused and loaded consciousness. This consciousness drags us behind in the mirror, in syura world with its distorted objects and unusual color scale which rebels against the generally accepted color perception. In his works there is no a form-building, his works are – organic part of his world perception. That is why the simplest characters in his paintings, for example tennis players look so mysteriously and at the same time so attractive. Slender figures of sportswomen sunbathing at beach, immersed in dense haze, the beauty which mysteriously and incomprehensibly shows through. The artist departs from linear perspective and classical criterion of beauty and in many respects intuitively, creates his beautiful, full of harmony reality. His characters are asocial and concentrated in themselves, there is something metaphysical in their glances which artist managed to catch and capture in a flash. This feeling amplifying with his pictures’ plastic language, with precise compositional solutions, distorted figures of characters and dark palette. Might, strong personality and tyranny- here are the leitmotifs of character formation which Ashraf Murad depicts. Looking at his monumental canvases sometimes it seems that from abyss appears some self-sustained force and absorbs light of realistic images in the background, those are the pictures of “Tehran conference”, “Lenin in Smolnom”, “Portrait of Tereshkova”, “Portrait of Krupskaya”. Characters of his pictures remind wax figures, this is either idols or either half-pigeons, or half-demons! In his soul, as in his pictures an eternal struggle of light and darkness, good and evil is going on. At first sight it seems that dark forces of the abyss on his pictures of Ashraf celebrates the victory, however it is completely inexplicable, his canvases emit light which manages to break the forces of the black abyss. Considering these pictures the person gets an expression the tortured, emaciated consciousness of the artist still did not fade completely in the haze of insanity, and, contrary to expectations, preserved the purity of the perception of the world. It is paradoxical, but Ashraf’s still life differs with originality of use of paints, which does not fit with the gloomy inner world of the artist. Melons painted by him are permeated with light, but watermelons as if painted with flashes of sunset, just radiate heat! Paints with which these pictures were painted are dense and aromatic as juice emanating from mature fruit. Works of Ashraf Murad are kept in Union of Azerbaijan Artists, in Azerbaijan National Art Museum, in Museum of modern arts in Baku also in private collections. Togrul Narimanbekov’s phantasmagoric world on canvases was permeated with powerful soul of national folk and was filled with figurative-associative symbols intrinsic to traditions of Azerbaijan visual arts. His works are born from a synthesis of plastic language of eastern traditionalism and graphic systems intrinsic to western culture. Having bright and temperamental talent of colorist, artist was able to create his world where in difficult harmonious equilibrium neighboring different types of matters- earthly and cosmic, simple and fantastic, material and spiritual. World pictures on his canvases are filled with an abundance of forms of earthly life each of which has its own material embodiment. Expressionistic style of artist letter is expressed in the very manner building composition on plane, in the deformation of forms and objects, also in bright contrasting paints. This-passionate desire to paint not so much world features as much to paint deep sensory perception of reality.

LIFE EVENTS
1925
Born
1946
Graduated from A. Azimzade State Art College in Baku;
1954
Graduated from I.E. Repin’s Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture with distinction Selected;
1979
Passed away
EXHIBITIONS
2015
Beyond the Line, Azerbaijan Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia,Venice, Italy
1984
First posthumous personal exhibition, V. Samedova’s art gallery of the Artists Union of Azerbaijan, Baku, Azerbaijan;
1976
Participated in the exhibition “Glory to labor”, Baku, Azerbaijan;
1975
Participated in the exhibition dedicated to 30th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Baku, Azerbaijan;
1970
Participated in the exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of V.I. Lenin, Baku, Azerbaijan;
1966
Participated in “The Autumn exhibition”, Baku, Azerbaijan;
1965
Participated in “In Struggle for Peace” exhibition, Baku, Azerbaijan;
1963
Participated in “The Autumn exhibition”, Baku, Azerbaijan;
1961
Participated in the exhibition “Our Contemporaries”, Baku, Azerbaijan;
1960
Participated in Republican art exhibition, Baku, Azerbaijan;
1959
Participated in exhibition devoted to decade of Azerbaijan literature and art, Moscow, Russia;
1958
Participated in Republican art exhibition, Baku, Azerbaijan;
Horse
Horse
Oil on canvas, 80x100 sm
1970th
Devil
Devil
Oil on canvas, 108x70 sm
1978
Lenin at Smolni, 1971
Lenin at Smolni, 1971
Oil on canvas, 120x130 sm
1970th
Woman with bag
Woman with bag
Oil on canvas, 85x45 sm
1976
Tomatos time
Tomatos time
Oil on canvas, 40x60 sm
1976
Flowers
Flowers
Oil on canvas, 55x70 sm
1976
Flowers
Flowers
Oil on canvas, 70x90 sm
1975
Sportswoman
Sportswoman
Oil on canvas, 109x74 sm
1975-1976
Actress Linda Hamilton
Actress Linda Hamilton
Oil on canvas, 120x80 sm
Sportswoman
Sportswoman
Oil on canvas, 101х70 sm
1975-1976
Girl in sunglasses
Girl in sunglasses
Oil on canvas, 110x74 sm
1975
Derricks in the sea
Derricks in the sea
Oil on canvas, 66x98 sm
1967
No name
No name
Oil on canvas, 80x59 sm
Lenin in Smolni
Lenin in Smolni
Oil on canvas, 80x59 sm
On the seashore
On the seashore
Oil on canvas, 100x40 sm
1975
Watermelon
Watermelon
Oil on canvas, 49x69 sm
1976
The two
The two
Carton, mixed, 31,5x23,5 sm
Still life
Still life
Carton, mixed, 26x33 sm
Valentina Tereshkova
Valentina Tereshkova
Oil on canvas, 140x100 sm
1970
The two. Girl with bag. Sportswoman.
The two. Girl with bag. Sportswoman.
Oil on canvas, 145x100 sm
1976
Voting
Voting
Oil on canvas, 110,5x81 sm
Naked in the chair
Naked in the chair
Oil on canvas, 90x145 sm
1978
Landscape
Landscape
Oil on hardboard, 29x55 sm
1960
Woman and  the window
Woman and the window
Oil on canvas, 120x90 sm
Girls with motorcycle
Girls with motorcycle
Oil on canvas, 100x130 sm
1975
Still life
Still life
Oil on canvas, 100x80 sm
Model
Model
Oil on canvas, 50x80 sm
On the plant
On the plant
Oil on canvas, 32x50 sm
No name
No name
Oil on canvas, 40x50 sm
  • Horse
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    Horse
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    Oil on canvas
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    80x100 sm
    Year:
    1970th
  • Devil
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    Devil
    Description:
    Oil on canvas
    Size:
    108x70 sm
    Year:
    1978
  • Lenin at Smolni, 1971
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    Lenin at Smolni, 1971
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    Oil on canvas
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    120x130 sm
    Year:
    1970th
  • Woman with bag
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    Woman with bag
    Description:
    Oil on canvas
    Size:
    85x45 sm
    Year:
    1976
  • Tomatos time
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    Tomatos time
    Description:
    Oil on canvas
    Size:
    40x60 sm
    Year:
    1976
  • Flowers
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    Flowers
    Description:
    Oil on canvas
    Size:
    55x70 sm
    Year:
    1976
  • Flowers
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    Flowers
    Description:
    Oil on canvas
    Size:
    70x90 sm
    Year:
    1975
  • Sportswoman
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    Sportswoman
    Description:
    Oil on canvas
    Size:
    109x74 sm
    Year:
    1975-1976
  • Actress Linda Hamilton
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    Actress Linda Hamilton
    Description:
    Oil on canvas
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    120x80 sm
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  • Sportswoman
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    Sportswoman
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    Oil on canvas
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    101х70 sm
    Year:
    1975-1976
  • Girl in sunglasses
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    Girl in sunglasses
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    Oil on canvas
    Size:
    110x74 sm
    Year:
    1975
  • Derricks in the sea
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    Derricks in the sea
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    Oil on canvas
    Size:
    66x98 sm
    Year:
    1967
  • No name
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    Oil on canvas
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    80x59 sm
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  • Lenin in Smolni
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    Lenin in Smolni
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    Oil on canvas
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    80x59 sm
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  • On the seashore
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    On the seashore
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    Oil on canvas
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    100x40 sm
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    1975
  • Watermelon
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    Watermelon
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    Oil on canvas
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    49x69 sm
    Year:
    1976
  • The two
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    The two
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    31,5x23,5 sm
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  • Still life
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    Still life
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    Carton, mixed
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    26x33 sm
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  • Valentina Tereshkova
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    Valentina Tereshkova
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    Oil on canvas
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    140x100 sm
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    1970
  • The two. Girl with bag. Sportswoman.
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    145x100 sm
    Year:
    1976
  • Voting
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    Voting
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    Oil on canvas
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    110,5x81 sm
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  • Naked in the chair
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    Naked in the chair
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    Oil on canvas
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    90x145 sm
    Year:
    1978
  • Landscape
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    Landscape
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    Oil on hardboard
    Size:
    29x55 sm
    Year:
    1960
  • Woman and  the window
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    Woman and the window
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    Oil on canvas
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    120x90 sm
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  • Girls with motorcycle
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    Girls with motorcycle
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    Oil on canvas
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    100x130 sm
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    1975
  • Still life
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    Still life
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    Oil on canvas
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    100x80 sm
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  • Model
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    Oil on canvas
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  • On the plant
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    Oil on canvas
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  • No name
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    Oil on canvas
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