Shahin Shikhaliyev thinks about art as a way to make sense of the world around him. He believes that visual art is one of the oldest manifestations of our “humanness” and a very important tool in the search for our true nature. In his recent work, Shahin explores the biological aspect of visual perception. He is fascinated by how fragmented visual impressions create something that we perceive as a unified whole. He is primarily concerned with intuitive and emotional aspects of sight. Shahin thinks of his paintings as charged with its own energy, alive and engaged with the people and environments around them.
Shahin has exhibited his work in the US and abroad. In the US, he has had shows in Washington, DC, San Diego, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Albany. His shows in Europe include those in Saint-Paul, France, Moscow, and Helsinki. Shahin has also shown his works extensively in the Middle East—including at galleries in Abu-Dhabi, UAE, Tbilisi, Georgia, Istanbul, Turkey, and in Baku in his home country of Azerbaijan. Shahin has received awards for his work internationally, and has been published in numerous magazines and books—including The Anthology of Azerbaijani Painters (2011).