Nikas Safronov (1956), professor of the Russian academy of arts

This genius man, strong and great politician is not only the outstanding figure of his country, he is also a historical personality. I deem that he is unfairly less spoken about. I have met both the West and the CIS presidents, and have never met such great politician, and none of them has impressed on me such strongly.

Heydar Aliyev is a nice, bright and extraordinary man. This man is history. Such man comes to world once in thousand years. Such men are the pearls of the world. They should be protected, preserved, because they devote their life to establishment of happiness, while do not care of themselves.

It is a great honor to become familiar with Heydar Aliyev. After I have painted his portrait, I painted many other portraits. Just recently, I painted the portrait of George Bush. I am acquainted with many renowned men of the world. I have my own President and I have deep respect for him. However, Heydar Aliyev has a particular place in may heart. All talks to him are unforgettable. He is so clear concise and laconic.

… Generally, I am thankful to Azerbaijan for the aspiration it gave to me. Heydar Aliyev means Azerbaijan. Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijan are inseparable, as body and soul.

…Heydar Aliyev is a genius man, whose major feature is his iron will, and even his enemies admire strength of this will.


I am very happy that present to this ingenious person President Heydar Aliyev the portrait of his spouse - deceased Zarifa Khanum Aliyeva. Mr. President, by features of Zarifa Khanum, it is visible, that every year when you have been married, she became more beautiful and generous. First, fine eyes. I have made them slightly sad, and she as an angel experiencing for all. As a whole, in your family were brought up very authoritative persons deeply adhered to the people. People perceive Heydar Aliyev not as the official, and on an impulse of their soul


If Mr. Heydar Alieyv taught at the Academy of Arts, I would come and became his pupil. He is really so sensitively understands art, that I have been shocked by knowledge of Mr. President in the field of the fine arts.

I have painted Heydar Aliyev's portrait on one breath. I wrote a portrait of this person, this outstanding politician very easily, and it was very pleasant for me to create this product. Such person is capable of very big kindness, capable to absorb him in itself and give many people. For me, really a great honor each meeting with Heydar Aliyev. Iit gives me a huge source of inspiration