Kazakh hyperrealist creates a sculpture of Abay Kunanbayev

Aydos Yesmagambetov, a hyperrealist sculptor and the winner of the 100 new Faces of Kazakhstan project, made a sculpture of Abay Kunanbayev for the 175th anniversary of the prominent poet.

"Nobody taught me hyperrealism. I started in 2010 after seeing it on TV. Why should our art be left behind while we see it developing abroad? I also decided to keep studying, searching and creating. Since then, I have been exploring and working in this direction. The Internet helped me a lot. I have worked on creating Abay, a historical figure, for four months. The robe and all other garments were tailored by restorers," said Aydos Yesmagambetov.

The artist recreated the image of the Kazakh thinker from silicone as this material retains its properties at extreme and rapidly changing temperatures, unlike wax.

"The sculpture of Abay Kunanbayev was created as part of the Uly Dalanyn uly yessimderi (Great names of the Great Steppe) project for the 175th anniversary of the greatest thinker and poet. This project's goal is to popularize our great names among young people and overseas audiences," said Akerke Zhumanbayeva, Director of the Ruhani Zhangyru project office in Nur-Sultan.

The sculptor has also created a statue of the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. His other accomplished works are figures of Barack Obama, Sagadat Nurmagambetov and Abylai Khan.

The 100 new Faces of Kazakhstan project implementation has been underway in the capital since 2018 in order to promote the ideas of success, competitiveness, pragmatism and the cult of knowledge based on the role models of specific individuals.


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