Durdy Bayramov was a prominent figure in the former USSR’s art scene. A passionate artist and advocate of art education, he left behind an archive of thousands of artworks, journals, newspapers, art books and more. As an artist, Bayramov is celebrated for his oil paintings and in particular, his psychological portraits, which penetrate the character and thoughts of his sitters to masterfully capture their spirit and personality. Bayramov approached his work with great intentionality and adopted the words of Leonardo da Vinci: “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Bayramov was born in Baýramaly in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic, then part of the Soviet Union, on April 14, 1938. In his native Turkmen language, Durdy Bayramov’s name is simply Durdy Bayram, without the Slavic-style “ov” suffix added to Russify names during the Soviet era.
BIOGRAPHY AND INSPIRATION
Durdy Bayramov throughout the years