Contemporary Karakalpak Artists
Old Man in a Big Fur-cap. 1975
Wood. 72 x 56 x 48cm
Daribay Toreniyazov (1928-2003)
Although D.Toreniyazov had no artistic education, but his creative activity reveals his extraordinary talent and unique character of his works. One can feel in Toreniyazov’s works a deep link with the folk art traditions. He used these traditions in his own way, creating the distinctive images and conventionalized characters in his sculptures. He could use any peace of wood for making his sculptures, feeling and discovering its future image. Toreniyazov’s works have various subject matters. Along with the fantastic creatures he produced sculptures conveying the Karakalpak people’s national character. The sculptor worked a great deal producing small-sized wooden pieces. Sometimes he tried to inlay his works with bone.