I was born in 1983 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Thanks to the fact that my late father was a sculptor and my mother used to teach music at a local conservatory, I have been constantly exposed to the world of visual and performing arts since my early years. In January 1990, due to the increasingly threatening political situation in the region, my family had to leave everything behind and flee to Moscow, Russia. There, we struggled with poverty for over 15 years as unwanted refugees, after which the remainder of my family finally moved to the United States, where I firmly decided to follow in my father’s footsteps and become an artist.