Dunyagozel (Gozel) Bayramova the beloved wife of Durdy Bayramov, was unequivocally the artist’s lifelong muse. She studied English at the Turkmen State University named after Maxim Gorky, at the Faculty of Foreign Languages. After receiving her degree, Gozel taught at the Shota Rustaveli Turkmen School of Art from 1986 until 2001. She married Durdy Bayramov in 1966 before starting her teaching career. They enjoyed 48 years together. As an estate holder, today, Gozel helped establish and continues to support the Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation.
Jemal Bayramova is the second daughter of artist Durdy Bayramov. Like Durdy’s other daughters, Jemal graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Turkmen State College of Arts with the highest honours, receiving a teaching diploma in drawing. Although she had potential as an artist, Jemal went on to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a medical doctor. She studied medicine at the Turkmen State Medical Institute and subsequently completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
After practicing medicine for some time, she earned a degree in Management at Moscow Institute of Economy and Humanitarian Sciences and managed a state-run enterprise for several years. Concurrently, she worked as an accredited correspondent for a Russian-based magazine in Turkmenistan for 12 years.
Today she is a proud business owner and serves as the Chairperson of the Turkmenistan Federation of Dance Sport. Jemal contributes to our document archive and carries out interviews with the surviving subjects of her father’s work.
Founder and Executive Director
Keyik Bayramova is the third daughter of artist Durdy Bayramov and the Founder and Director of the Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation. Fulfilling the wish of her father, Keyik, like her sisters, graduated from the B. Nurali Specialized Art School and the Shota Rustaveli Turkmen State College of Arts. Having decided to pursue a career in business entrepreneurship, she continued her studies at the Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management and then at Moscow Institute of Economy and Humanitarian Sciences, where she studied economics, business, and management.
In 2014, Keya completed a program in management of non-profit organizations offered jointly by the York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) and Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) at York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Keya has over 20 years of successful entrepreneurial experience, previously directing a company with over 2,700 employees in Dubai, UAE. She draws on this experience in her leadership of the Foundation, which includes day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and building relationships with other museums and sponsors. Keya is also actively involved in the Foundation’s exhibition and research projects and is a co-author of the exhibition catalogue Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov: Turkmen Village Life, 1960s-80s.
Sulgun Bayramova is the youngest daughter of artist Durdy Bayramov. Sulgun received her secondary education at the B. Nurali Specialized Art School in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. She completed her undergraduate degree in Management at Moscow Institute of Economy and Humanitarian Sciences in Russia. Upon graduation, Sulgun obtained employment at Professional Group of Companies in Dubai, UAE, where she worked for seven years, in the role of Business Development Manager.
Sulgun serves as a research consultant to the Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation as she provides vital information regarding the life and work of Durdy Bayramov.
Bahar Orazmammedova is the eldest daughter of artist Durdy Bayramov and the only one of his children to become a professional artist and art teacher. Bahar obtained her education at the B. Nurali Specialized Art School and Shota Rustaveli Turkmen State College of Arts, where she graduated with the highest honours. In addition, she completed studies at the Magtymguly Turkmen State University. Over the course of 29 years (from 1986 to 2015), she taught at the B. Nurali Specialized Art School for which she was awarded the title of “Labour Veteran.” In 2011, Bahar was honoured with one of the most prestigious government awards in Turkmenistan, the order of Altyn Asyr (Golden Age), for her work and professional achievements.
Bahar has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, and is a member of the Union of Artists of Turkmenistan. Today Bahar is actively involved with conducting research on her father’s artwork. She works to conserve and restore her father’s paintings at the Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation.