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.
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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"SILHOUETTE" Copper, 20x10x10 cm, 2002