Moldakul Narymbetov

Noted for his bright individuality and rebellious charisma, Moldakul Narymbetov (1946-2012) was a key figure in the Kazakh art-group "Kyzyl Tractor" (1990). Narymbetov made great contributions to the development and popularization of contemporary art not only in Kazakhstan but also in the Central Asian region. His shamanistic myth-making is archaic in form compared to modern content but allows for Narymbetov to speak and express his identity clearly. While Narymbetov’s sculptures of old rubber auto-tires are some of his most iconic works, his paintings are intense, bold, and conceptual. Narymbetov’s color strokes often corresponds with the dynamics of natural life, corresponding with the sonorous colors of the Fauvists. Many times taking the forms of abstract and landscape paintings of rural and tiny settlements, Narymbetov’s uses the victim as a theme in many of his works and often comments on consumer culture, technology, and existential problems. Narymbetovwas a Member of the Arts Academy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, member of the Artists' Union of Kazakhstan, and winner of the Zhiger reward. He has represented the Republic of Kazakhstan in many events across the world in countries such as Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, USA, Italy, Russia. He opened the School of Modern Art in Almaty and has participated in the festivals of contemporary art such as ARTBAT FEST in both 2010 and 2011.

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Как казахстанские художники оказались в собрании Третьяковской галереи?

Поразительно, но человечество парадоксально устроено: мы не умеем ценить самих себя, пока кто-то со стороны не даст нам оценку. Это касается практически всех сфер жизни. Часто за это нам приходится расплачиваться. Так, американцы в своё время не ценили собственное искусство и распродавали его.

Buro 24/718.03.20


Thinking collections, telling tales: “Focus Kazakhstan” Part III in Jersey City – artist profile + curator interview

Jersey City’s Mana Contemporary hosts the third instalment of “Focus Kazakhstan” featuring the work of Kyzyl Tractor Art Collective.

Art Radar speaks with curator Leeza Ahmady about the collective’s work amongst nomadic, Sufi and Shamanistic philosophies.

Art Radar, October 23, 2018


Black swirls on a blue or green-blue background. Exhibition Moldakul Narymbetov. 16+

The National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Erarta Museum of Modern Art present an exhibition of Moldakul Narymbetov, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the artist.

The name Moldakul Narymbetov (1948-2012) is included in the list of artists who created the modern art of Kazakhstan in the early nineties and zero and subsequently became iconic figures for Central Asia.

Gallerix, June 6, 2018


Семья Молдакула Нарымбетова продает его работы

Молдакул Нарымбетов – лидер арт-группы "Кызыл-трактор", один из ярчайших представителей казахстанского современного искусства. "Он отличался яркой индивидуальностью, бунтарской харизмой, позволившим ему, уже состоявшемуся живописцу, смело освоить креативные художественные формы. 

Buro 24/7, 06.12.19


Kazakhstan's art team exhibition unveils in New York

A retrospective exhibition of Kazakhstan's Kyzyl Tractor (Red Tractor) art team themed Collection of Thoughts: Making up Stories has unveiled in New York under the Rukhani Janghyru program as part of Focus Kazakhstan project and the Asian Contemporary Arts Week.

KAZINFORM, 18 October 2018


Great Steppe History travelling exhibition opens in Taldykorgan

“The idea of the exhibition was inspired by the ‘Seven Facets of the Great Steppe’ article. What is the world’s perception of the peculiarities of the people living in the arid zone in the centre of the Eurasian continent for centuries?