Portrait of Oli Rukavishnikovoy 1998 (image)
So as eyes of Europe look towards Azerbaijani for the Baku Games, I started looking at the artists of the country. I first came across Tahir Salahov when I say this great portrait of Oli Ruavishnikovoy. I am reminded of high modern 1920's style treatment of the model with a background of decayed building. Her beauty is idealized while the surroundings is in complete contrast.
Salahov was able to navigate the soviet system and was awarded several honors during that period. He teaches at the Moscow Art Institute and now lives in Russia.