Saule Suleimenova

Member of the Union of Kazakhstan Artists since 1998. She gained a Master’s degree in Art in 2013.
In 1996 graduated from Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering with a degree in architectural design. Saule was awarded the Presidential scholarship in 1998.
She is a laureate of Zhiger, Shabyt, Tengri Umai prizes. In 2015 she took place in the 56th Venice Biennale (“Why Self” project), in 2013 in the 5th Moscow Biennale of contemporary art (Project “Migrants”). She is the participant of contemporary art festivals.
Works of Saule Suleimenova were exhibited in Christie’ Auction in London in 2008.
Her works are stored in Norton George’s collection in Cincinnati (USA), in the Contemporary Art Center of the RK National Museum, in A. Kasteyev State Art Museum (Almaty), Art Museum in Eastern Kazakhstan (Ust-Kamenogorsk), State Art Museum (Novosibirsk, Russia), in private collections in Kazakhstan, Germany, Israel, the USA, Switzerland, Austria and in other countries.
She participated in over 50 national and international projects.
Saule lives and works in Almaty, Kazakhstan.




The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) has announced the top 30 finalists of The 2019 Sovereign Asian Art Prize

The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) has announced the top 30 finalists of The 2019 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, the 15th edition of Asia’s most prestigious prize for contemporary artists. Over 70 independent art professionals from across Asia Pacific nominated 400 mid-career artists, hailing from 28

countries, for the Prize. A total of 19 countries are represented amongst the 30 finalists, making it the most geographically diverse shortlist in the history of the Prize.

The Sovereign Art FoundationApril 2019



Last night saw the opening of Focus Kazakhstan: Post-Nomadic Mind, which runs through until 16 October 2018, at the wonderful space that is Wapping’s Hydraulic Power Station, on the north bank of East London’s River Thames.

The exhibition – curated by Indira Dyussebaeva-Ziyabek and Aliya de Tiesenhausen with assistant curator Alima Boranbayeva and consultant Olya Sova – examines Kazakh contemporary art, drawing parallel dialogues between contemporary artists, their Soviet predecessors, and the newly termed subject matter of post-nomadism.

FMS MAGAZINE, 19/09/2018


Saule Suleimenova: A Journey to Find True Kazakhness

Saule Suleimenova is a contemporary artist based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

She works with a wide range of media: watercolors, wax engraving, painting on newspaper, archival photos painted over urban graffiti, scrap metal installations, and performance art.

Voices on centralasia, NOVEMBER 1, 2018


One Steppe Forward

My project Cellophane painting is the next step after my early projects. Now in Cellophane painting project I use only plastic bags, cellophane cover films and no paint or other artistic material. These plastic materials already include the rich palette of colors and text



Somewhere In the Great Steppe: the artistic space championing openness in Almaty

Somewhere In the Great Steppe, or SIGS, is an artistic and cultural centre in Kazakhstan’s former capital Almaty that’s playing host to a new wave of civically engaged and open-minded creatives as well as preserving Kazakh traditions. Valentina Michelotti reports on a welcome new addition to the city’s public life.

“Not far from Almaty, once upon a time, the first apple trees in the Universe began to blossom. It’s said that the first tulips also appeared here. It’s possible that, in connection with that, here in Kazakhstan, in Almaty, the origins of SIGS were predestined…”

The Calvert journal, June 26, 2017



Saule Suleimenova’s style, says art historian and professor A. Mukhambetova, “is deeply individual and instantly recognizable. Many influences make up its pedigree, including European expressionism, symbolism and dada, the decorative component of Central Asian miniatures, Kazakh ornamental style…One should add God-given talent and hard work by the soul and mind, a unique psyche, both sensitive and dynamic, plus a heightened reaction to falsity, both in life and in creative work.”