B. Serekeyev. Runing Saiga. Canvas, oil.
In May-June 2005 artist Zhollybai Izentaev stayed in Paris to gather material for creative work. During this period he created works such as "Paris at Morn", "Visitors of Notre Dame", "The Bank of River Seine", "Bridge over Seine". On June 15-25 in the art gallery of Hotel de Ville in Paris Izentaev presented a personal exhibition called "Paris in the Eyes of Karakalpak Artist".
In July-August 2005 the exhibition hall of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan hosted an exhibition of four artists called "The Epoch in Colour". The exhibition displayed works by Academician Izentaev, art worker of Karakalpakstan B. Serekeyev, S. Baibasynov who was warded Shukhrat medal, and artist U. Saparov.
In August-September 2005 three representatives from Uzbekistan participated in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Republic of Vietnam. One of them, the people's artist of Uzbekistan, Academician Z. Izentaev created a number of works that reflect the life of Vietnamese people.
The fifteenth anniversary of independence of Uzbekistan that is dear to us, and the tenth anniversary since the establishment of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan were celebrated by all people, including, naturally, the artists. Pupils, students, teachers and pedagogue-artists of the KKTASLI, the Nukus State College of Arts, the Nukus State College of Culture and the Department of Drawing and Design of the Nukus State Pedagogical Institute assign great importance to these dates. For instance, KKTASLI and the Nukus College of Arts held several exhibitions dedicated to the celebration of independence.
For the purpose of demonstrating the works by Karakalpak masters of art a number of booklets, posters and magazines are published. Among them booklets titled "The Karakalpak Branch of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan", "The 60th Anniversary of Academician Zhollybai Izentaev", "Sculptor, Academician Zholdasbek Kutlymuratov Turns 70", "Artist Bazarbai Serekeyev Turns 60" and "The People's Artist of Uzbekistan and Chief Designer of the Berdakh Musical Theatre Islam Alibekov Turns 60". Also they printed posters called "Karakalpak Artists" and "Karakalpak Artists - 2". In cooperation with the Ministry for Culture and Sports of the Republic of Karakalpakstan a colour journal "Saniyat" is produced.
The Karakalpakstan artist strive to be known in the world. Their achievements and contribution are valued at their true worth by our government. Kadyrbai Saipov, Igor Savitskiy, Kauyender Berdimuratov, Muzaffar Ishanov, Faim Madgazin, Kadyrbai Nazhimov, Muratbai Khudaibergenov and Daribai Toreniyazov received state awards. Zhollybai Izentaev, Zholdasbek Kutlymuratov, Bazarbai Serekeyev, Farkhad Yesengaliev and Barlykbai Aitmuratov hold the State Berdakh Award of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. Bakbergen Nurymbetov, Amangeldy Utegenov, Ibrayim Zholymbetov (Aman Atabaev), Rafael Matevosyan, Nikolai Kornilov, Albina Shpade, Sakhi Zhanakhmedov, Gulistan Turdymuratova, Ismayil Kadyrov, Zhollybai Izentaev, Zholdasbek Kutlymuratov and Barlykbai Aitmuratov hold the title of art workers of Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan.
Artist Zhenis Lepesov received the title of Honorary Youth Mentor of Uzbekistan; Bazarbai Serekeyev was awarded the Dustlik Order; and artists Zhaksybai Tolegenov and Sarsenbai Baibasynov received the Shukhrat Medal.
Creators such as Uzakbergen Saparov, Zholdas bekanov, Islam Zhakybaev, Abdulla Yerimbetov, Zhaksybai Tolegenov, Azhibai Kurbanbaev, Iskhakh Mukhitov, Begimkhan Togyzbaev, Darmenbai Pirnazarov, Azat Seitimbetov and Sarsenbai Baibasynov make their contribution to the development of Karakalpak fine arts.
The works of young talented artists Vasiliy Zhaparov, Darmenbai Pirnazarov, Viktor Khalimanov, Ainabai Nurzhanov, Nursultan Sharipov, Adilbek Khozhaev, Koishibai Toremuratov, Zharylkagan Izentaev and Myrzabek Kazakbaev were displayed at exhibitions in Tashkent and abroad, which we are proud of.
In 1997 in the regions of Uzbekistan and in the Republic of Karakalpakstan lyceums/boarding schools of fine and applied art were opened. Students from our lyceum/boarding school took part in international contests such as "Children's Art, Washington 2000", "Holland - Uzbekistan: Let's Be Friends", "Japan - Glorifying the Sea", "India - Shankar" and became prize-winners. The winner of the international show-contest "India - Shankar" Saidbek Sabyrbaev earned the right to enter a university without examinations. Anifa Atykova, while still a lyceum student, received the State Zulfia Award. Now she is a student of the National Institute of Art and Design named after Bekhzad.
Our artists actively participate in exhibition contests held on the occasion of Navruz, the New Year, and the Independence Day of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as in the exhibitions called "The Aral Sea in the Eyes of the Artists", "The Problems of Aral - The Problems of People", "Berdakh's Birthday", "Adzhiniyaz Birthday" and Tashkent biennale.
The exhibition hall of the Karakalpak branch of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan has been completely redesigned.
Exhibitions of Karakalpak artists' works were a success in Nukus, Tashkent and in the number of art galleries abroad. For example, during the years of independence personal exhibitions of the People's Artist of Uzbekistan, Academician Zhollybai Izentaev were held in the galleries of Yugoslavia, Egypt and Moscow City.
A young artist Zharylkagan Izentaev, while doing his studies at the Bekhzad Institute after receiving a grant from the President of Uzbekistan, went to study at the arts academy of Como city in Italy. Now he teaches at the institute where he once studied.
From the bottom of my heart I congratulate artists with the tenth anniversary of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan.