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Bakhodir Jalal

(b.1948) Born in Tashkent in 1948, Jalal is Uzbekistan's most renowned muralist. He completed his studies at the Republican Art College (1968) and at the St. Petersburg Repin’s Institute of Painting (1968-1974) where he graduated with honors from the Department of Monumental and Decorative Painting. He then received a grant and was allowed to travel to Italy where he studied the classics. He came back to his native Uzbekistan in the 1980s to begin his artistic career. Jalal was commissioned for several works such as “Harvest,” “Genesis of Dance” and “Chronicles of Uzbek National Theatre” by the Uzbekistan government for important public spaces. He won the USSR State Prize in 1984 and the Uzbekistan State Prize in 1991. Notable exhibition of his works were at the Russian Cultural Centre, Accra, Ghana (1985); Kortrijk, Belgium (1990); Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia (1991); Sackville Gallery, London, UK (1997); 3rd Triennale International Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India (1999); 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia (2009); 7th Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Uzbekistan (2013); and the World Art Dubai Fair (2016). Jalal's work is collected by renowned international institutions and private collections, including the British Museum, Modern Art Museum in Moscow and the National Gallery of Uzbekistan. He lives and works in Tashkent.

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