Azim Azimzade

About Azim Azimzade

Who is it?: Artist
Birth Day: May 07, 1880
Birth Place: Novxanı, Azerbaijani
Known for: Artist, Caricaturist

Azim Azimzade

Azim Azimzade was born on May 07, 1880 in Novxanı, Azerbaijani, is Artist. Azim Azimzade was an Azerbaijani-born cartoonist and artist who created a niche for himself in the area of satirical drawings and graphics through his exceptional caricatures and compositions. He didn’t receive any formal education in fine arts, yet he managed to perfect himself in cartoon drawings and satiric graphics through self-education, upon encouragement from renowned Russian artist, Durov. Inspired by the traditions and customs of Azerbaijan, he chose to depict his country’s culture revolving around everyday events such as poverty and misery, women’s rights, and societal issues. He published his cartoons in the ‘Molla Nasraddin’ newspaper, where he became the chief artist after a while. Besides, his works were published in various other Azeri magazines such as ‘Baraban’, ‘Babayi-Amir’, ‘Mezeli’, and ‘Kelniyyet’. During his entire career expanding 35 years, he created over 3,000 artworks, comprising of caricatures, murals, drawings, illustrations, stage sets, costume designs, and posters. Some of his best-known works were ‘Tight-Rope Walker’, ‘Dog Fight’, ‘Kos-Kosa’, ‘Old Baku’, ‘Division of Property’, ‘Husband Beating his Wife’, ‘A Daughter is Born’, ‘Trumped Cards’, ‘Face of Fascism’, ‘Watchdogs of Imperialism’, ‘Lion and Kitten’, ‘Wolf to Wolf’, and anthology ‘Hop-hop Name’. He is the first artist to be awarded the prestigious ‘People’s Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR’ title
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As per our current Database, Azim Azimzade has been died on 15 June 1943(1943-06-15) (aged 63).

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When Azim Azimzade die, Azim Azimzade was 63 years old.

Popular As Azim Azimzade
Occupation Media Personalities
Age 63 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Born May 07, 1880 (Novxanı, Azerbaijani)
Birthday May 07
Town/City Novxanı, Azerbaijani
Nationality Azerbaijani

🌙 Zodiac

Azim Azimzade’s zodiac sign is Gemini. According to astrologers, Gemini is expressive and quick-witted, it represents two different personalities in one and you will never be sure which one you will face. They are sociable, communicative and ready for fun, with a tendency to suddenly get serious, thoughtful and restless. They are fascinated with the world itself, extremely curious, with a constant feeling that there is not enough time to experience everything they want to see.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Azim Azimzade was born in the Year of the Dragon. A powerful sign, those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.

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Azim Azimzade was born into the family of an oil industry worker at Novxanı village in the Baku Governorate of the Russian Empire (present-day Azerbaijan) in 1880. He received no artistic education and was self-educated. Beginning in 1906, he published paintings concerning social and political issues in magazines. Due to that Azim Azimzade became the founder of Azerbaijani satirical graphics. Azim Azimzade actively participated in revolution, was the manager of culture department of enlightenment of People’s Commissariat of Azerbaijan.


Caricatures took an important place in creative heritage of Azim Azimzade. Development of this genre is closely related to “Molla Nasraddin” magazine. The magazine passed an interesting creative way during its existence period for many years (1906–1931). The first issue of a magazine was released in Tbilisi, in April 1906. Its publisher was a talented writer-publicist Jalil Mammadguluzadeh, who took the Eastern wise man Molla Nasraddin’s name as a pseudonym. “Molla Nasraddin” was the first satiric magazine in whole Muslim East at that time. It was created under the influence of liberation ideas of the first Russian revolution of 1905. After the revolution, from 1922, “Molla Nasraddin” magazine’s edition was renewed. From this period began the productive cooperation of Jalil Mammadguluzadeh with Azim Azimzade. Azim Azimzade became the chief Artist of “Molla Nasraddin”. His creativity determined artistic character of the magazine, where his paintings and caricatures took an important place. He could notice subtly and accurately transmitted gestures, motions, poses of his personages.


In Baku was opened home-museum of the Artist. Street in Baku and Artistic School of Azerbaijan, where he taught from 1920 till the end of his life and from 1932 till 1937 was its Director were named after him and a museum is dedicated to his works. In 2002, a monument to the Artist was erected near Heydar Aliyev Palace, in Baku.


In 1923, he became a member of the CPSU. In 1927, Azimzade was awarded an honorary title of People’s Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR. It is considered that Azimzade evaded political repressions due to his acquaintance with Mir Jafar Baghirov, the first secretary of the Azerbaijan Communist Party, who was admirer of the artist’s creativity.


In 1927, Azim Azimzade created colorful illustrations for fairytales for children in “Wild ox” poems of G.K.Sanily. In 1937, an album “Shadows of the past” with 26 paintings, locating in double-page spreads of pages was published. In these pictures the author revealed scenes before spectators from provincial life of a capitalist city, saving features of feudal relations.


In 1930’s, thematic series with plot consist the main part of the artist’s creativity. The best genre watercolors of Azim Azimzade are “Scenes of old life”, “Ramadan of the rich people”, “Ramadan of the poor people”, “Wedding of the rich people”, “Wedding of the poor people”, “Dog baiting”, “Daughter was born”, “Purchase of wife”, “Old wife and a new one”, “Husband beating his wife” and others. Emotionality of many lists of Azimzade depends on successful color resolution. Color of his watercolors gives a good mood, simplifies perception of depicted scene.


Most popular caricatures were “Lion and kitten”, “Face of fascism”, “Trophies of Führer”, “Delusion of grandeur”, “Trumped cards”, “Watchdogs of imperialism”, “Shadows of barbarians”, “Wolf to wolf”, “Inevitable guests of fascist Germany” and others. In “Lion and kitten” (1941) caricature Hitler was ridiculed, comparing himself with Napoleon. There is inscription on the lion’s back: “Battle of Borodino”, on the head bandage with words: “Moscow, 1812”. Martial courage of the cat said that, he learnt nothing from the lion’s defeat. In “Trumped cards” (1942) cards were thrown on green pigeonhole of playing table in disorder, on which were portrayed Hitler and his fellow fighters with a little bit likeness.


With his creativity Azim Azimzade made a great contribution to development of the Soviet antifascist caricature of wartime. In 1942, continuing his work in the sphere of book graphics Azim Azimzade created colorful illustrations to folktale “Khoruz” (Cock), in which was narrated about the cheerful cock, which triumphed shah. Azim Azimzade won’t live till the Great Victory – he died in the prime of his life in 1943, at the age of 63.


In watercolors describing everyday life, such as “Kos-kosa” (humoristic folk performance), “Jumping over bonfire”, “Separation of property”, “Rope walker”, “Puppet theatre” were shown customs of that time. In such compositions as “Wedding of the rich people” and “Wedding of the poor people” Azimzade reveals the idea of social inequality by means of contrasting confrontation of everyday life’s peculiarities, wedding ceremonies and religious holidays at different classes of the society.

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