According to the information given by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, the sculptor Shokan Tolesh, in his sculptural double-sided graphic technique, compared the plague of today’s epidemic to the wild animal and tried to explain the spread of the coronavirus with the themes of mountains and steppe at the base of the statue.
Artist Shokan Tolesh also stated that people can overcome the coronavirus, which is the plague of today, patiently, by taking the necessary precautions and measures into consideration, as well as taking into account the warnings of the authorities.
In the statement, it was reported that the artworks that are depicting the fight of humanity against the pandemic and created by a different artist for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art will continue to be shared from different perspectives every day.
Who is Shokan Tolesh?
He was born in Almaty in 1954. He is an academician of the Art Academy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has been a member of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan since 1988. In 2006, he received the title of Academician of Arts Academy. Since 2018, he has been a member of the Eurasian Creative Guild. He studied at Almaty Gogol Art College between 1974-1978. He graduated from Kazakh Abay Pedagogical Institute in 1984.
Artist Shokan Tolesh has held many solo exhibitions and participating in national and international exhibitions since 1978.
1992 – Solo exhibition in the Principality of Liechtenstein, Switzerland
1993 – Solo exhibition in the gallery of “Tengri-Umai”.
1994 – Participant of the “3 + 2” exhibition in the “Ular” gallery.
1995- Solo exhibition dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of the State Philharmonic.
1999 -Participant of the exhibition of Azerbaijani and Kazakhstan artists in London.
2000 – Participated in the exhibition of Kazakhstan artists, organized by the company “Philip Maurice”.
2001 – Participatee in the exhibition held for the 60th anniversary of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
2002 – Participated in the international symposium in Russia.
2002 – Solo exhibition opened at Kasteev State Art Museum.
2003 – Solo exhibition “Samgau” opened in “Almaty art” gallery.
2005 – Solo exhibition “Samgau” at the Presidential Cultural Center in Astana.
2011 – Author of the monument “Kazakhstan”. The monument was erected in the First President N. A. Nazarbayev park.
2013 – Anniversary exhibition dedicated to the 80th Anniversary of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan, held in Almaty.
2013 – Solo exhibition “Atameken” opened in Astana Nazarbayev center.
2013 – Solo exhibition opened in the “Art-Samal” gallery in Almaty.
2014 – Participated in the exhibition held at the Kulanshi Gallery at the Peace and Concord Palace (Pyramid) in Astana.
2014 – Participated in the Park sculptures exhibition held at A. Kasteev Art Museum.
2015- Participated in a group exhibition held at the Nazbayev Center in Astana.
2016 – Participated in the sculpture exhibition titled “Forte Bank” in Astana.
2018 – Participated in the exhibition dedicated to the 85th Anniversary of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Kazakhstan and held in the city of Almaty.
2018 – Participated in the exhibition held at the “Has Sanat” gallery in Astana.
2019 – Participated in the “Altyn Basyt” exhibition dedicated to 65th Anniversary held at the A. Kasteev National Art Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
He is the artist of many monuments;
First President Park of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty, ‘N.A. Nazarbayev ‘monument,
The “Kibraev Omar” monument dedicated to the World War II veteran, erected in the city of Almaty,
‘Oraz Dzhandosov’ monument erected in the city of Kaskelen,
“Mukagali Mukataev” monument erected in the city of Taldy-Korgan,
‘Koktem’ monument erected in the city of Taldy-Korgan,
‘M. Mendykulov ‘monument in Almaty,
The monument dedicated to the hero of ‘Aubakir-batyr’ of the national liberation movement, Raimbek region of Almaty city.
His works are exhibited in public museums and private collections in Kazakhstan (Kasteyev Art Museum, Kazakhstan Central State Museum, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Astana Has Art Gallery,) USA, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Principality of Liechtenstein, Great Britain, Austria, Egypt Turkey, Russia, Singapore, and Tatarstan.