1965 - Born in Bes Terek, Uzbekistan


1988 - 1992 - Shymkent Art College after Kasteev


Personal Exhibitions:

2007 – Way to Rome, The Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2009 – Son of the East, Laura Bulian Gallery, Milano, Italy

2011 – The Dream of Gengis Khan, Laura Bulian Gallery, Milano, Italy

2015 – Wolves of The Steppes, Artwin Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2000 - Communication: Experience of Interaction, Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2000 - Tranzedenz, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

2002 - Re – Orientation, AAS Gallery Weimar, Germany

2002 - No Mad’s Land, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2003 - 10th Prague Quadriennale, Prague, Czech Republic

2004 - Von Roten Stern Zur Blauen Kuppel, IFA Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2004 - Pueblos y Sombras, CANAIA, Mexico City

2004 - Video Identity, Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2005 - X Prague Quadrennial, Pragua, Czech Republic

2005 - 9th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

2005 - From the Red Star to the Blue Dome, IFA Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany

2005 - In the Shadows of the Heroes, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

2005 - 51st International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

2005 - La Sindrome di Tamerlano, Orvieto, Italy

2006 - Contested Spaces of Post – Soviet Art, Sidney Miskin Gallery, New York, USA

2006 - Art from Central Asia, Ujasdovskii Castle, Warsaw, Poland

2006 - Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, USA

2006 - Free Waves, 10th Media Art Biennale, Los Angeles, USA

2006 - Rose of Peace, (Spiridonov House) Moscow, Russ

2007 - Way to Rome, Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2007 - The Paradox of Polarity: Contemporary Art from Central Asia, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, USA

2007 - La Biennale De Montreal, Montreal, Canada

2007 - Old/New Routes: A Selection of Video Art from Central Asia, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Helsinki, Finland

2007 - Time of the Storytellers, Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

2007 – 52nd International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

2007 – Live Cinema: The Return of the Image: Video from Central Asia, Philadelphia, USA

2007 – Checkpoint, Museum of Art Zilina, Praha, Czech Republic

2007 – Destination Asia – Flying Over Stereotypes, Mumbai, India

2007 – Marilena Astapellov, Art – Athina, Athens, Greece

2008 – I Dream of the Stans: New Central Asian Video, Winkleman Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2008 – Le Armi Dell’Arte, Galleria De Crescenzo & Viesti, Rome, Italy

2008 – Tracing Roads Through Central Asia, Yerba Buena Center for  the Arts, San Francisco, USA

2008 – I Dream of the Stans: New Central Asian Video, Museo de Arte de El Salvador, San Salvador, USA

2008 – Little Games Along The Silkroad, Florence, Italy

2008 – 2nd Biennale di Malindi, Kenya

2008 – Festival Creativa, Florence, Italy

2008 – Old/New Routes: A Selection of Video Art from Central Asia,BizArt Center, Shanghai, China

2008 – 5th edition China International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, China

2008 – Destination Asia – Flying Over Stereotypes, Elementa Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2009 – East of Nowhere: Contemporary Art from Post-Soviet Central Asia, Foundation 107, Turin, Italy

2009 – Scénes Centrales, Lille 3000, Lille, France

2009 – Lonely at the Top, Mukha Museum Antwerp, Belgium 

2009 – Photoquai 2009, Paris Photographic Biennale, France 

2009 – Changing Climate, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria

2010 – Rites Without Myths, Laura Bulian Gallery, Milano, Italy 

2010 – In-Difesa, Foundation 107, Turin, Italy

2011 – Moving Image, Contemporary Video Art Fair New York, NY, USA

2011 – Ostalgia, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY, USA

2011 – 54th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

2011 – The Eye is a Lonely Hunter: Images of Humankind, 4th Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, Germany

2011 – Between Heaven and Earth, Contemporary Art from the Centre of Asia, Calvert 22 Foundation, London, England

2012 – Face of the Bride, Permm Museum of Contemporary Art, Permm, Russia

2012 – The Eye is a Lonely Hunter: Images of Human Kind -Grimmuseum, Berlin

2012 – Migrasophia, Maraya Art Centre, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

2012 – Centro Video insight, Torino, Italy

2013 – One Step/pe Forward, Contemporary art exhibition of Kazakhstan's artists in Venice, Italy

2013 – The Eye is a Lonely Hunter, Images of Humankind – Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway

2013 – At the Crossroads: Contemporary Art from the Caucasus and Central Asia, Sotheby´s, London, England

2013 – Primera Bienal del Sur en Panamá Emplazando Mundos, Bienal del Sur en Panamá, Panama City

2013 – Bolshoe Sveta / More Light, 5th Moscow Biennale of  Contemporary Art, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia

2013 – No-mad-nes In No Man's Land, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2014 – Art Dubai, UAE

2014 – II Piedistallo vuoto Fantasmi dall’Est Europa, Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna, Italy

2014 – The Empty Pedestal, Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna, Italy

2014 – La Vie Est Une Légende, E cité – Almaty, Kazakhstan – Musée D’Art Moderne Et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France

2014 – The Other & Me, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE

2015 – Too Early, Too Late, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Italy

2015 – Strategien fur das unplanbare – himmel und himmel GmBH, M45 Artspace, Munich, Germany

2015 – The Nomads, Artwin Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2015 – Fairy Tales, MOCA International Art Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan

2015 – Life a Legend, Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France

2015 – Walk in Asia, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan

2015 – The Migrant (Moving) Image – A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam,  Netherland

2016 – Cosmoscow Art Fair, Moscow, Russia

2017 - EXPO 2017 Astana, Kazakhstan 

Said Atabekov has been acknowledged internationally for his mix of ethnographic signs, recollections of the Russian avant – garde and post – Soviet global interferences. There is always a state of time in his works that makes the difference. The distinction between reality and fiction is no longer important, instead there is a line that separates the actual from the virtual, movement from immobility, interruption from continuity, a sense of direction from its absence, photo from video, the object from performative ritual. Such dualities – in time and of time – coexist within the same image.
His photographic works are powerful: black and white, taken from an inclined angle, oblique vanishing points, zenithal shots, close ups from below and continuous references to Max Penson's Uzbek photo reportage and Rod?enko's time-space discontinuity.
In Said Atabekov art works the masks of the past never cease to return, but with no intention of returning. A cot for newborn babies (Besik), a shaman's equipment, ancient stone idols, felt, a pile of korpeshe on top of a trunk, kokpar - a popular game on horseback, Kyzyl Traktor, the Kalashnikov, the ‘Black square on a White background’, the remains of the days of Soviet collective farming, the red star, the American flag, the United Nations logo, a boat that has run aground on Lake Aral etc, etc. There is a sort of carnival of time on every occasion that Atabekov goes on show. On the one hand, everything returns as though it had been lost, emptied.