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Having graduated from the Faculty of Decorative Arts at Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in Baku in 2001, Rashad Alakbarov has gone on to work with different media, including painting, sculpture, theatre decorations, video art and architectural design. The use of shadows in his installations has become the main direction in the artist's conceptual work. The first public showing of this type of work was at the Wings of Time exhibition in Baku in 2000. His works are held in private collections in Azerbaijan, Italy, Turkey and Russia.