Aladdin Garunov (born in 1956, with Ukuz, Dagestan ASSR, the Soviet Union.) He is a Russian painter, sculptor, painter, graphic artist. Garunov lives and works in Moscow.
Critics called Aladdin Garunov's creativity "Dagestani pop art", and the he himself called it "Muslim Boyce". "I do not consider myself a Muslim artist," says Garunov. "If the Orthodox iconographer - Orthodox artist, I - as a secular person is interested in the question of the Islamic art. " Born in Dagestan and living in Moscow since 1977, a graduate art-graphic faculty of the Dagestan Pedagogical Institute (1976, Makhachkala, Dagestan) and the Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art (former Stroganov, 1985, Moscow, Russia), Aladdin Garunov calls himself "a man of peace". In his works he talks a lot about the opposition of the two models of civilization - the technically developed West and the traditionally patriarchal East. Garunov concern topics of national and religious identity, threatened her with globalization, the fate of nations and ancient cultures. The artist prefers to practice contemporary art, but using a typical modern strategy and media remains within the ethical and religious Muslim tradition. "I have the right to express everything in art, relying on native culture," he said, stressing the importance of one's national identity.
Aladdin Garunov, universal master planner, works in various forms of art: sculpture, painting, photography. He makes objects and installations, shoots video, combines works from different genres in multidisciplinary projects, causing interest among the audience, as well as the representatives of the art community and critics. "From the beginning I was attracted to minimalism, austere in color," he said. "The Stroganov School, I studied sculpture, and now even the present form and relief in my beautiful things." In his work Garunov connects the practice of avant-garde and minimalist classical painterly approach, innovation in materials (primarily industrial rubber) with a deep appeal to the sacred traditions of humanity, especially to Islam. "Islam or any other religion relates to the modern world. We live in the industrialized world, in big cities, and the people of religion are also in contact with the world. Therefore, the material for me - tar, copper or rubber - symbolizes the metropolis, west, commerce, industry," says Garunov. "The East, a "carpet", reverse side, spirituality, and slow pace. I'm trying to relate these two sides - after all is learned in comparison."
Aladdin Garunov was twice a finalist for the Kandinsky Prize - projects "Dhikr" (2010) and "Total Prayer" (2012). In April 2014, he was awarded Kuryokhin prize in the nomination "The best work of visual art". Garunov's works are presented in the collections of the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the collection Kolodzei Art Foundation (New Jersey, USA), as well as other Russian and foreign museums and private collections.
ART DUBAI, one-man-show, Aidan Gallery stand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
ART MOSCOW, Aidan Gallery stand, Moscow, Russia.
Project “Zikr-2”, Aidan Gallery, Moscow.
II Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.
Project “Zikr”, Moscow Museum of Architecture named after Shchusev (MUAR), wing “Ruins”.
“100 % Black Square”, gallery POP/OFF/ART, Moscow, Russia.
ART MOSCOW, gallery POP/OFF/ART stand, Moscow, Russia.
“SELF”, gallery POP/OFF/ART, II Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.
International Art Fair Cornice, Venice, Italy.
ART-ATHENS,gallery POP/OFF/ART stand, Athens, Greece.
ART MOSCOW, Moscow, Russia.
“World of war”, State Decorative Art Museum, Moscow, Russia.
“ART Constitution”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia.
“Objects and things”, State Decorative Art Museum, Moscow, Russia.
“Moscow Abstraction. Second half of XX century”, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Gallery “Moscow Fine Art”, Moscow, Russia.
Association of artists International Competition “Artistes a la Bastille”, Paris, France.