Artist Ramadan Useinov painted the Bedesten (St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church) Sinan Pasha Mosque and Bellapais Monastery to the canvas during the quarantine days for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts
Date Added: 02 June 2020, 23:31
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For the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, painting, sculpture, ceramics and print artists are continuing to produce artworks during the quarantine days and support the struggle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Artist Ramadan Useinov painted Bedestan, located in Nicosia, one of the historical, cultural and touristic places of Cyprus, as well as the Sinan Pasha Mosque, one of the historical buildings of St. Famagusta (Church of St. Peter and St. Paul), and the Bellapais Monastery in Kyrenia during the Covid-19 quarantine days for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts.

According to the information provided by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, artist Ramadan Useinov painted the Bedesten, which was built in the 6th century during the Byzantine period, to the south of the Selimiye Mosque (St. Nicholas Church). The architecture of Bedesten is in the old Byzantine and gothic styles. It was used as a bazaar during the Ottoman administration. Today, it was restored and used in arts and arts activities.

Sinan Pasha Mosque (St. Peter and St Paul Church)
Artist Useinov also painted the Sinan Pasha Mosque which was built in 1360 during the Lusignan administration and is one of the historical buildings of Famagusta. It has a unique stonework. It is believed that the northern entrance of the Church of Peter and St Paul was brought from somewhere else. The interior of the building is very plain and the ceiling is placed on columns with a flat head. It was turned into a mosque by adding a minaret to the building by the Ottoman Empire. It was used for different purposes after giving up using it as a mosque in the British administration. Today, it is visited as one of the historical and touristic places of Famagusta.

Bellapais Monastery
Another work that the artist depicted on his canvas is Bellapais Monastery. It is one of the eastern examples of gothic architecture during the Lusignan period, built in the Kyrenia district of Cyprus and built on the foundations in the 12th century during the Roman period.

Who is Ramadan Useinov?
He was born on July 2, 1949, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. He graduated from P.P. Benkov Republic Art College located in Tashkent city in 1971. He has been a member of the Union of USSR Artists since 1988. He is the State Artist of Ukraine. He was nominated for the Crimean Autonomous Republic Award.

He held his solo art exhibition in Moscow in 1991. In 1993, he moved to Crimea. In 1998, he was awarded the prize for the painting “Bird Flights” at the Kiev triennial. In 2000, he opened an art exhibition at Simferopol Art Museum. In 2002, he held his solo art exhibition at the Central Art House in Moscow. In 2005, he held his solo exhibition at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, DC. In the same year, a solo art exhibition of him was opened in Kiev. In addition, his solo exhibitions opened in cities such as Odessa (Ukraine) and Sevastopol (Crimea).

He also took part in many group exhibitions:
Russia (Moscow) – in 1991, 1993, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2014;
Ukraine (Kiev, Simferopol, Dnipropetrovsk, Sevastopol, Bahçesaray, Feodosya) – in 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010;
Germany (Hamburg, Berlin, Magdeburg) – in 1999;
Hungary (Kecskemét) – in 2000;
Turkey (in Ankara) – 2000 and 2012;
Croatia – in 2005;
China (Shanghai) – In 2009;
France – in 2010;
Switzerland (Geneva) – in 2014;
United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai) – in 2015 and 2017.

The artist’s works take place in museums in Moscow, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Nukus, Sevastopol and Simferopol, and in private collections in Europe, Asia and America.