Faig AhmedÂ is an Azerbaijani contemporary visual artist who is best known for his surrealist weavings which integrate visual distortions into traditional oriental rugs.Â Â He alters the patterns with digital manipulation, pixelation, and distortion.Â Ahmedâ€™s designs are then manufactured by a group of skilled weavers paying strict attention to traditional Azerbaijani weaving techniques. In 2004 this internationally-recognized artist graduated from the sculpture program at the Azerbaijani State Academy of Fine Art in Baku. He has since exhibited worldwide in group and solo exhibitions. On an interview with Textile Artist he is quoted as follows:
Â â€œBeing an artist is not just a job or a profession â€“ Itâ€™s a lifestyle. Neither art education or studio work can make you an artist. You have to think as an artist and live a life of an artist to become one. Itâ€™s a type of thinking.â€
â€œThings that you need are always surrounded by tons of trash. So, try everything. Never be afraid to experiment. To make really good art you have to get free of all the strings made of concepts and clichÃ©.â€
Images: Courtesy of Faig Ahmed.