Today, the opening ceremony of the personal exhibition of the member of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan Raigul Akhmetzhanova "Bird of Happiness" took place in the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The exhibition is organized within the framework of the Library's "Cultural Code of Independence" project.

"Our guest today is the famous Kazakhstani artist Raigul Akhmetzhanova. Today, she presents works to the audience, united under the poetic name "Bird of Happiness". Drawing inspiration from folk tales, legends and songs, Raigul Akhmetzhanova created her own unique author style. The original works of the artist develop the traditional artistic technique of Kazakh decorative and applied art using cheegrass growing everywhere in the steppe. Twisting multicoloured wool on them, Kazakh craftswomen created carpets and mats and also used them in the decorative design of the yurt. Thanks to the creative talent and philosophical reinterpretation of the master, traditional materials made of felt and cheegrass create new and very modern artistic images and ideas in which each of the viewers will find themes and motives that are in tune with him," said the Director of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan B.Temirbolat.

In his turn, the laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Honored Worker of Kazakhstan A.Askarov noted: "Every artist must go through his own creative path, find his own unique style in creativity and then he will be able to leave his mark in art. The author of today's exhibition has such a unique style, her works continue the traditions of our ancestors."

The exhibition presents 30 works. The artist has been working in the technique of Kazakh decorative and applied art with the use of cheegrass for more than forty years and during this time has created vivid works reflecting her worldview and creative preferences. 

Today R.Akhmetzhanova introduces new techniques: creates three-dimensional spatial forms, and compositional elements, using wood, ceramics, and felt in her works together with cheegrass. 

"I sincerely thank you for coming today to participate in the opening of the exhibition. I really hope that you will like my work and you will appreciate them. I would like to especially thank the management of the Library of the First President for the opportunity and assistance in organizing today's event," the author of the exhibition noted. 

Many awards and titles mark the activity of R. Akhmetzhanova. Her works are kept in the collections of the Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and in private collections in Kazakhstan, the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Pakistan, and France. 

The artist has been a member of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2006. She was awarded the A. Kasteev Medal "For High Creative Achievements" of the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan (2015).

For reference: Raigul Akhmetzhanova was born on February 18, 1955, in the village of Tuganbai, Talgar district, Almaty region. In 1980, she graduated from the Moscow Higher Art and Industrial College named after S.G.Stroganov with a degree in industrial graphics. In 1985, she completed her studies in graphics at the Art Faculty of the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. From 1980 to 1989, she worked as the Chief Artist of the publishing house of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan, and a teacher of special disciplines at the Almaty Art College named after U. Tansykbayev. From 1994 to 1998, she was an artist-designer for the publishing house "Dauir".