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Portrait Painting

Artist-instructor: Tora Aghabayova

Format: In-Person
Location: Galerie Hell, Spittastraße 2, 10317 Berlin

March 18 – 19, 2023
– Saturday & Sunday
– 11:00 – 14:00

Cost: 120€ (inc. VAT)       

Materials: Supplies will be provided. If you have your own brushes we encourage you to bring them! You may also bring a photograph to work from (optional).

What to Expect:

The genre of portraiture is as timeless as painting itself. The portrayal of the human face creates a deep psychological connection between the artist, the painting and the viewer. This intensity will be explored through acrylic paint with master figurative painter Tora Aghabayova.

Over the course of a weekend, create a portrait with acrylic paint. Tora will bring one headshot for everyone to paint from. Throughout the workshop there will be live-demos, showing how to render specific details and effects such as eyes, nose, lips, and hair texture. Learn how to mix various skin tones convincingly and achieve likeness to your subject.


The workshop takes place in Galerie Hell, Spittastraße 2, 10317 Berlin.

About Your Instructor:

Tora Aghabayova is an Azerbaijani multidisciplinary artist based in Berlin. Formally trained as a painter with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Azerbaijani State Art Academy. She also has over 13 years of teaching experience having taught at Azerbaijani State Art Academy, and Expat Learning Centre in, Shanghai, China.

Tora has experimented with performance and video art at the onset of her career. Her performance piece in a format of a video installation entitle ‘Mood’ was on display at the first Azerbaijani pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennial in 2007. In her most recent series of paintings entitles “Nonexistent Myths” Tora revisits and reinvents scenes from biblical mythology. While incorporating elements of surrealism and dark humour, Tora is subtly mocking the piousness and religiosity of the Rennissance epoch art.