The painter, who graduated from the Accademia "Aldo Galli" in Como, talks about himself, between art and memories of his native land

YOU & IED: your name, the IED School you attended, the year, and the Course you graduated in.
I'm Babaev Kamoljon and I attended the Accademia di Belle Arti "Aldo Galli" in Como from 1998 to 2002. I graduated in painting, photography and textile design with full marks.

YOU NOW: your job description, where you work, projects you are working on.
I am now a freelancer and a full time artist. I paint pictures doing personal exhibitions.
They were held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Paris, Milan, Montecarlo, Aurora and Denver (USA). I also collaborate with Como companies for creative projects.

CREATIVITY:  Let us know how both these aspects led you to choose Accademia di Belle Arti "Aldo Galli" and how they helped or influenced your career.
I arrived in Italy in 1998 from my hometown, Tashkent. The Accademia and its teachers welcomed me from day one with respect and warm hospitality. As a student I already knew how to paint, but they taught me a lot: to understand, observe, feel, create. They seem simple things, but they are essential if you really want to learn the craft of an artist. I therefore learned to listen to myself, to bring out my personal vision, my imagination, my creating paintings, my sculptures and my installations. In those four years I also did two major solo exhibitions in the Como area.

Two paintings (2007), (2016)

IED LOCATIONS: all our schools are found in some of the most creative and vibrant cities around the globe. Let us know why you choose the city you went to and what role it played in your student and future life.
Initially was not concerned where I would study, but then in 1998 I won a scholarship to study in Italy. I came to the right place, beautiful, special and peaceful. It is a place where as a student I began to feel as an artist.

CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES: how have the challenging times we're living affected your professional life?
Difficulties can be great teachers. They teach you to resist, to learn not to repeat mistakes. We need a lot of patience, we must also appreciate difficult times, and we must not give up in life, as in art.

Other paintings  (2007)

ADVICE: your recommendations to future graduates for a bright and creative future in your field.
I observe, I often look at the sky while I create. The important thing is not to be lazy.
Be curious, competent and always ready to create from a music within you. From hunger, from fantasy.

MORE ABOUT YOU: let us have links to web pages where students can discover more about you and your work.
You can follow my activities here:

Piazza Alessandro Volta and Broletto (2003)

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: What was the activity that you found most valuable to your personal growth? Also, can you tell us about your thesis project?
Being a foreign student, at the end of the course I wondered a lot about what work to do for my final project. I then decided to focus on large engravings, using different techniques. I chose three 60x80 slabs and I looked for a modern way to express the story I was about to bring to life. I saw myself as a bridge between Asian and Western cultures, and therefore I chose to represent Asia on the left side, two profiles of lovers in the center and the West on the right. The result was a stylised work, with the three fundamental steps of my life path.

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