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Timur Tsaku

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Statement

Tsaku was born in 1971 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. After graduating the Tashkent Art School in 1987, he was accepted to the prestigious P. P. Benkov Art Institute, where he focused his artistic talents on Scenic design. In 1991 Tsaku became an assistant to the head scenic designer of the Gorki Republican Arts Theater of Drama in Tashkent and later that year, moved to Israel where he created a series of paintings called “The Republic of Israel”, which was shown at the Ashdod Museum in Israel. 

In 1991, Tsaku returned to his homeland and became an Instructor of painting and drawing at the Tashkent Academy of Art and Theater. In 2001 he returned to Israel to start a new line of works taking its motif in the Old Testament. Tsaku's paintings were acquired for the permanent collections of the Israel Museum and the President's Residence, both in Jerusalem. ??Tsaku’s paintings begin with abstracted backgrounds in acrylic. “When the surfaces of the panels are almost completed” Tsaku says, “these moody, abstracted landscapes reveal the figures that will encompass the majority of the image.” The artist uses a "triple zero" paint brush and magnifying glass to achieve a hyper-realistic, almost photographic representation of the people and animals depicted in his unique imagery.?Characterized by very modern black and white composition, Tsaku’s paintings are also highlighted with touches of gold paint. According to the artist, all of the characters in his works are based on figures found in the Old Testament of the Bible. With a majority of the figures taking the form of animals; these animals are actually spiritual creatures that have manifested themselves in the shapes of dogs, cats and other “approachable” beasts.?Tsaku’s works are truly unique and immediately identifiable. In his words, the depicted scenes are a synthesis of whimsy and wonder, surrealism and hyperrealism. A world, where spirits take the form of dogs and women, become amorphous elongated figures. A world, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the real becomes surreal. 


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008 Haiya Kdusha, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006 Haiya Kdusha, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005 Haiya Kdusha, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

2003 Old Testament – New Images, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBTIONS

2010

  • Crow Moon, Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Naked Group Show, Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009 

  • Art Object, Art Modern Gallery, Naples, FL
  • Tsaku, Opera Gallery, Paris, New York, London, Miami

2008

  • 15th Annual Realism Invitational 2008, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Art London 2008, Kings Road Gallery, London, England
  • LAPADA Art 2008, Kings Road Gallery, London, England
  • Grand Opening, Art Modern Gallery, Naples, FL
  • Still Life, Objects and Other Narratives, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007     

  • Child and Haiya Kdusha, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 14th Annual Realism Invitational 2007, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Art Chicago 2007, Arcadia Fine Arts, Inc., Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • Art Miami, Arcadia Gallery, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL
  • Gallery Artists Portfolio Exhibit 2007, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006

  • 13th Annual Realism Invitational 2006, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Art Miami, Arcadia Gallery, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL
  • Art Chicago 2006, Arcadia Fine Arts, Inc., Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • Gallery Artists, Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY

2005

  • Winter Group Exhibition, Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY
  • Chicago Contemporary & Classic Fair, Arcadia Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • Art Karlsruhe, Walter Bischoff Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 12th Annual Realism Invitational 2005, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Gallery Artists Portfolio Exhibit 2005, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2004     

  • Art Miami, Arcadia Gallery, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL
  • Gallery Artists, Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY
  • Tsaku & Sell, Walter Bischoff Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • The AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY

2003                 

  • Art Chicago 2003, Arcadia Fine Arts, Inc., Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • Gallery Artists, Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY

2002 Small Works, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York NY

1998 Gallery Artists, Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, NY

1995 The prizeman of the SOHO International Art Competition, New York, NY

1992 The Republic of Israel, Ashdod Museum, Israel

1990 Young Uzbekistan Artist, Central Exhibition Hall, Tashkent

 

COLLECTIONS

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The President’s Residence, Jerusalem

Recent Exhibits

Timur Tsaku participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2009 NAKED Group Show
Skotia Gallery
 
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