Bakhodir Jalal was born in Tashkent in 1948. He pursued his education at the Republican Art College (1968) and St. Petersburg Repin’s Institute of Painting (1968-1974), where he graduated with honours from the Department of Monumental and Decorative Painting. He then received a grant and was allowed to travel to Italy to study classicism.
Bakhodir offers a distinctly muralist style and injects textures into his colourful composi- tions. This geometric piece is inspired by the architecture of the Sherdor Madrasasi, which is located in the ancient Uzbek city of Samarqand. This 17th-century heritage site, situated on Registon Square, is covered in mosaic patterns, from which Jalal took inspiration for the artwork. A lion-like animal is featured on the building mosaics and appears here at the centre of the all-seeing eye, which is a direct reference to the spirituality of the place and Islamic architecture.
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