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Artist Agim Sulaj speaks through his work. This reticent artist was born in Tirana, the capital of Albania, in 1960. However he spent his childhood and adolescence in the costal city of Vlora, or Vlore it is one of the most vibrant and prosperous cities. Agim always knew that he was drawn to the world of art and that he would have to work hard to get where he wanted to be. But he persisted with his passion and his love for paintings and art in general, and honed his talent.
His real breakthrough came when he collaborated with ‘Hosteni’, a political and satirical magazine, after he completed his studies in 1985, from the Academy of Arts in Tirana. A very important movement for the artist as he was exposes to the world of humour and satire, further it changed the trajectory of his career through the formation of his own artistic work. Agim’s hyperrealistic style which is more dominant in the later works, was something that he worked on himself – which is a part of his own visual language and a style that he is partial to.
Why Agim Sulaj?
“I am also an emigrant and I’ve seen how it is. In leaving my own country I’ve seen very well the difficulties of arriving in a foreign country, and it inevitably affects one’s art.” Says Agim Sulaj and it is something that is part of his psyche.
In many of his cartoons Agim has focused on the major social and political problems in contemporary times. For Agim world poverty, environmental pollution, the life of an immigrant and other social topics are not causes that he holds up the torch for but they are very real and close to his heart, he has just found a beautiful, skilful manner tinged with humour to express himself.
It is heart-warming to see how the artist is dedicated to his practice with a deep love for the tools that aid his craft without which he wouldn’t be able to create what he does.
He has been part of several prestigious exhibitions in Italy (where he resides and works) as well as internationally, like Spain, Germany and the UK.
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