Smail Bayaliev (b.1952) is one of the founders of Kazakhstan’s legendary avant-garde art group, Kyzyl Tractor. Bayaliev’s early artistic career impressed art audiences for his use of diverse natural materials and constructs with scale. Some of his most important works employed felted wools, an ancient textile technology associated with traditional nomadic cultures. According to Bayaliev, the naturally warm and surprisingly resistant material when raw and unprocessed, awakens the primitive spirit of a nomad within us.
Bayaliev’s remarkably raw style paintings together with his eclectic performances and monumental sculptures, have been featured at a number of national and international exhibitions and art festivals including: Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Slovenia, France, Mexico, Italy and Germany. His recent exhibitions and most notable exhibitions include ‘Song of Felt’ at Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, Republic of Korea in 2017; and ‘Thinking Collections: Telling Tales’ at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, USA in 2018.