Aydemir Saidov

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Aydemir was born in 1979 in a small city in a southern part of Russia. His father Seyfulla Saidov, was an award-winning artist, member of the prestigious Union of Russian Artists, and leader of the local art community. His father attempted to ignite interest in art in his children, and encouraged any creative activities they wanted to be engaged in. From the beginning Aydemir proved that he is the son of his famous father, and at age three, painted a green goat that is still in the family archives as one of the most important items, together with his father’s medals and accommodations.

At 15, in 1994, Aydemir was accepted into the Krasnodar Art Junior College and continued to win juried shows and competitions for art students.

In 2000 Aydemir graduated with honors from the Junior College and was accepted as an outstanding talent into the St Petersburg (Russia) Academy of Fine Art.

In 2005 he won countrywide competition of student drawings and received First Prize and special accommodation.

In 2006 Aydemir graduated with honors from the Academy.

During his studies at the Academy Aydemir painted commissioned portraits and sold his still lifes and landscapes in the galleries of St Petersburg. He often went to south Russia to create sketches of interesting landscapes for his future paintings. In 2003 he met his future wife Mari’na Ma’rina who came to the same places to sketch. They met while painting the same scenery.

In 2007 Aydemir received an offer from Christie’s Fine Art Auctions of London to work with them.

In 2009 Aydemir took part in the “Portal Nu” exhibition in the Romanov Fine Art Museum of the city of Kostroma. In 2010, he participated in the well known “Fall Exhibition” in the St Petersburg Union of Artsts where he started showing his nude and semi-nude figurative paintings. He was chosen for the 2011 exhibition “Artists of Russia to Watch.” In 2013 he was exhibiting alongside some of the most important Russian figurative answers in an exhibit “Body from Olympics to Olympics.”

In 2014 Aydemir is selling his work internationally. His paintings are now in museums in Russia as well as in private collections in Great Britain, the USA, Germany, China and several other countries.

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