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Astana, Kazakhstan • 19 January 2023

Kazakh Painter in Romania Promotes Nomadic Heritage Through Art

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photo credit: Vlad Braga
photo credit: Vlad Braga
photo credit: Vlad Braga
photo credit: Vlad Braga

Art that comes from personal experience

It transformed into something bigger, and now it's not just about Kazakhstan, but Central Asia as a whole. It grew from the image of an individual woman to an entire ethnic community. I no longer write just about central Asian cultures, but take a bit from each culture and transform it into a painting.

Kilem (carpet). Drawn by subtracting color, it has a loop contour superimposed over the painting that lightens the colors within its outline
Kilem (carpet). Drawn by subtracting color, it has a loop contour superimposed over the painting that lightens the colors within its outline

Art before money

Kimishek – a traditional headdress worn by married women
Kimishek – a traditional headdress worn by married women

I put all the effort to the painting itself, but how it will look in the interior depends on the person who acquires the work.

photo credit: Vlad Braga
photo credit: Vlad Braga

Staying true to the identity

photo credit: Vlad Braga
photo credit: Vlad Braga
photo credit: Vlad Braga
photo credit: Vlad Braga
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