Exhibition of paintings by Abylkhan Kasteev on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth in Paris

22 October 2004

Exhibition will take place in Salle des Pas-Perdus room in UNESCO HQ, Paris from 26 October to 10 November 2004. The exhibition is prepared with the support of the Permanent Delegation of Kazakhstan to UNESCO.

Abylkhan Kasteev (1904-1973) was one of the first Kazakh painters to devote his whole life to painting professionally; combining the traditions of European art with specific Kazakh features. His Art, which is genuinely national and grass roots in inspiration, has played an important role in the development of Kazakh and Central Asian Art.

His first works date back to 1927 and mark the beginning of a long artistic career during which he produced more than 1,000 pictures in a variety of genres. The lack of an academic education was offset by his sincerity, hard work, curiosity and perseverance.

Abylkhan Kasteev’s art, in all its diversity, is full of authentic talent and spiritual purity, of love for his homeland and its people. His landscapes are characterized by subtle harmony and all-pervading poetry. In his portraits, whether of ordinary people or of eminent personalities, Kasteev sought historical accuracy and adopted a monumentalist approach to the depiction of the character which was extremely expressive.

Kazakhstan’s Museum of Art has been named after him and his works are to be found in museums in the Commonwealth of Independent States and in private collections abroad.

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