Olim Kamalov (born 1960) graduated from the Tajik State Institute of Arts to become one of the few painter-miniaturists in the world who has his own specific comprehension of Persian miniature classical art. In his more recent works he has combined the serene perfection of classical 15th century Persian miniatures with elements of modern art and the zeitgeist.
Kamalov was awarded the medal of honoured artist of the Republic of Tajikistan. In 2017, he won the first prize at the International Festival of Miniature Art in Iran, the homeland of Persian miniatures. He also received the second prize at the International Cultural Festival of Illumination and Miniature Art in Algeria in 2013. His paintings have been exhibited and can be found in museums and private collections worldwide.
Six of Kamalov’s works were transferred to the British Museum’s permanent collection and are to be displayed from 2022 at the Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World at the British Museum.