Growing up in Baku, one of the oldest cities in the Middle East, I developed a love and admiration for the breathtaking ancient architecture-it’s perfect blend of lights, textures and geometry. I started painting in 1994, on arriving as a refugee to the United States. I was feeling nostalgic at the time and spent hours painting in my parent’s basement, mainly images of old buildings and walls.
I moved to Fishtown in 2010 and discovered an incredible number of amazing places, including old churches, warehouses, narrow old streets and gorgeous brick walls. I aim to capture the image of the place by combining the free flow of the medium with concrete shapes and forms.
My medium of choice is oil and acrylic paint. I do not use brushes, I prefer to use sponges, metal plates, spackle knives and found objects. In my paintings I use copper, silver and gold tones that allow me to capture different effects of lights and shadows.