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Askar Turumbekov is a Kyrgyz sculptor whose works can be seen around Bishkek and other Kyrgyz cities. Born in 1967, he graduated from the Surikov Institute of Art in Moscow, Russia and later earned a doctorate from the Academy of Art of the Kyrgyz Republic, where he also lectured for six years. He has been a member of the Artists' Union of the Kyrgyz Republic since 1996.

Askar has received numerous awards, including first prize in the "Children of Kyrgyzstan" contest sponsored by the Soros Foundation (1996) and the honor of "Laureate of the Kyrgyz Republic" in the field of science and technology (2000). He was also commissioned to create several monuments and memorials, including a memorial to J. Abdrakhmanov in Bishkek (1996) and the monuments "Shabdan baatyr" in Bishkek (1999) and "Jayil baatyr" in Kara-Balta (2000-2002).

Askar, along with fellow artist Rifkat Buharmetov, recently won the monument and trophy contest to commemorate the "Art of Silk Road 2002" exhibition in Bishkek (2002).

Askar has shown his sculpture in many national and international exhibitions in Moscow, Russia (1991, 1994, 2001); Paris, France (1994); Almaty, Kazakhstan (1997); and Bishkek (1994 to present). Throughout the 1990s, he actively participated in national symposiums on stone sculpture. Today, his works can be found in the Kyrgyz State Museum of Fine Art and in private collections in Russia, Kyrgyz Republic, Italy, Germany, Holland, Turkey, Switzerland, and England.



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