Maryam Alakbarli, just 26 years old, is one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists working today. Unlike most artists, Maryam is 95% nonverbal: she lives with Down syndrome. The arts have been her way of communicating since she was young, and she communicates beautifully.
Maryam’s paintings re-interpret classical subjects: the still life, the landscape, the nude figure, the portrait. The paintings in this show are some of the most masterful she has completed in the past five years. “Fleurs pour Mademoiselle” demonstrates Maryam’s exquisite handling of the figure—much like Pablo Picasso’s or Henri Matisse’s intuitive techniques. Her landscapes, “Humeur de Printemps” and “Plage au Jour Venteux,” showcase her highly successful experimentation with color, much like the French Fauvist artists like Andre Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck. The delicacy and variation of brush strokes in “Arbre de Vie” recall the intricate decoration and patterns of Gustav Klimt’s golden oil paintings. “Roses du Jardin de Maman” and “Nature Morte & Cruche Blanche,” the still life paintings, recall Cezanne’s experimentation with color, placement, and perspective. It is clear that Alakbarli has mastered her unique vision and modernist technique.