Leyla Rzayeva

Azerbaijani and Russian American artist, Rzayeva has shown her work in Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Rehoboth, Delaware including George Mason University and inaugural 2016 Contemporary Museum Artist Retreat.

01/2018

oil on linen

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oil on sized paper

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Reception and Artist Talk - Oct 6th, 7th in Rehoboth, DE

Honored to show new work along side artists Yavar Rzayev and Hernan Gigena in Rehoboth, Delaware on Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th, 2017.

Please join us for reception and artist talk Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th 5-8pm 37240 Rehoboth Ave. Extended, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971   Artist Statement As an Azerbaijani and Russian American artist, my choices are informed by visual traditions of Baku, Stavropol, and Caucasus regions of West Asia. Cultural traditions that have been describing esoteric understanding of natural phenomena, color, plant and mineral forms. I often meditate on the question of what is skill or mannerism in representation. It is a real stumbling point for me with two-dimensional work. All representation is rich in information about itself and its relation to other subjects. Drawing line and shape as flat is very valuable to me. Representing visual elements as a flat mark speaks in a very specific ways about space and experience without mannerism. That is why you see blank areas of canvas or paper in my work. I like considering the effort made in a painting vs ability to communicate information.  In recent exploration of material vs intangible qualities, I have been influenced by art and writing of Cuban painter Enrique Martinez Celaya and Irish poet and theologian John O’Donohue. Their understanding of authenticity, time, and complexities and mysteries of experience has influenced my understanding of perception. Specifically when visual perception is heightened in terms of one’s awareness and recognition of that process, referring to this process as forming the equivalent of perception. 

Please join us for reception and artist talk

Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th

5-8pm

37240 Rehoboth Ave. Extended, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

 

Artist Statement

As an Azerbaijani and Russian American artist, my choices are informed by visual traditions of Baku, Stavropol, and Caucasus regions of West Asia. Cultural traditions that have been describing esoteric understanding of natural phenomena, color, plant and mineral forms.

I often meditate on the question of what is skill or mannerism in representation. It is a real stumbling point for me with two-dimensional work. All representation is rich in information about itself and its relation to other subjects. Drawing line and shape as flat is very valuable to me. Representing visual elements as a flat mark speaks in a very specific ways about space and experience without mannerism. That is why you see blank areas of canvas or paper in my work. I like considering the effort made in a painting vs ability to communicate information. 

In recent exploration of material vs intangible qualities, I have been influenced by art and writing of Cuban painter Enrique Martinez Celaya and Irish poet and theologian John O’Donohue. Their understanding of authenticity, time, and complexities and mysteries of experience has influenced my understanding of perception. Specifically when visual perception is heightened in terms of one’s awareness and recognition of that process, referring to this process as forming the equivalent of perception. 

04/2017

gouache on paper 18x24"

07/2015

ink sketches 5x8"

11/201

oil paintings, gouache drawings

varied sizes 6x8" - 16x20"

08/2015

oil paintings on board 

varied sizes 6x9" - 9x12"

07/2016

color pencil drawings 7x10"

08/2016

gouache paintings 14x17"