Kazakh artist to receive an international award

Famous Kazakh activist and painter Karipbek Kuyukov became the laureate of the 2018 International Nuclear-Free Future Award. The Kazakh artist is one of the five people who won this prestigious award. The awards ceremony will be held in October in Austria. Karipbek Kuyukov is a permanent participant of all anti-nuclear events. The honorary ambassador for the ATOM project was invited to the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for his efforts in elimination of nuclear weapons. The public activist admitted that he wanted to be the last victim of the nuclear weapons.

KARIPBEK KUYUKOV, PAINTER:

 - Possessing nuclear weapon is a great temptation and first of all, we need to speak about the hardships we’ve been through.

Karipbek Kuyukov is one of the most recognized contemporary Kazakh artists. In honor of his 50th birthday, an art exhibition was organized in his home land. The exposition features 50 symbolic paintings. The artist holds brushes and pencils with his toes and lips. His graphic works are distinguished by the incredibly sharp lines and his paintings are distinguished by the bright colors. The works of the self-taught artist were exhibited in dozens of countries and can be found in personal collections of a number of world leaders.

DMITRY KALMYKOV, ENVIRONMENTALIST:

 - The amount of nuclear weapons in the world is not decreasing. The number of countries that possess nuclear weapons is growing and even our Semipalatinsk Test Site that is officially closed is still accessible as people still live there and cattle is grazing there. These paintings continue the fight for our health and our nuclear-free future.

According to researchers, the number of people affected by the nuclear tests at the Semipalatinsk Test Site exceeds one million people. Karipbek Kuyukov urges all countries to join Kazakhstan’s antinuclear initiatives.