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Lala Ragimov,



photo lala ragimov at the Getty
(Copying a Rubens drawing at the Getty Department of Drawings study room)

  The art of Lala Ragimov is inspired by the beauty, vigour and sensuality of life.  Her subjects range from great opera voices to nudes and fruit. Her representational style can be described as poetic or lyrical, with a taste of Baroque.
    The artist was born in Moscow.  In childhood she studied drawing from nature and from the works of great painters.  Through art school and after graduating with the Master of Fine Arts degree she has continually researched techniques of the painters of the Flemish Baroque and Venetian Renaissance through art restoration literature and old art treatises, as well as through creating painted reconstructions.  She uses those techniques, materials and ideals in her artwork and in teaching.  
     Another passion of the artist from childhood has been biology.  Her admiration of that science and love of the natural world inspired the creation of her many botanical, ornithological, medical, and other scientific illustrations.
     Since 2014 Lala has focused on intaglio gem carving, and currently enjoys that ancient art as her main work focus.  She was able to carry over her artistic style and her interests in anatomy, biology, ancient and baroque art as well as her musical inspirations into the new medium of microscopic sculptural intaglios (hollow relief sclupture) in precious and semi-precious gemstones.