Yuliya Alagir, known professionally as Alagir, was born in Tashkent, Central Asia. The Alagir family is descended from the ancient Ossetian family of the Kulaevs, who settled in the Alagir Valley of the North Ossentia-Alania in Russia.
From an early age, Alagir demonstrated innate artistic talent. She is a self-taught artist whose skills were developed by visiting art galleries and using those experiences to create original techniques and perspectives. Alagir’s creations reflect a broad variety of artistic media, including oils and acrylics on canvas, watercolor, murals, frescoes, jewelry-making and three-dimensional pieces. In 2019, Alagir moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she currently resides.
Alagir has been recognized in the fields of Contemporary Art. Conceptual Symbolism. Her palette is innovative and complex. She layers many colors to create a three-dimensional effect, and her paintings present themselves with a different color scheme under different lighting conditions.
In 1997, Alagir came to prominence largely as the result of her collection entitled Mystery of the Sun. Mystery then inspired such future collections as ProtoArt, The Temple of the Sun, Altar of Eternity, The Priestess of the Sun, The Lost Civilizations, Astrological Ages of the World, Accessories of the People of the Sun and Vessels of Life. Since 2004, Alagir is rated an Established Professional Artist in United Art Rating.
Alagir’s artworks have been shown at exhibitions in the United States, including The Portal to Dreams at Agora Gallery in New York City. Her art is found in public galleries and private collections in Canada, Russia, Australia, Italy, Israel, France, the US, Uzbekistan and Yugoslavia. Alagir is a Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a Member of the Professional Union of Artists of Russia and a Member of the Art Union of the Artists at the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan.
In addition to original artwork, Alagir offers custom wall murals, art jewelry and art installations. Her pieces are sold directly and through many interior designers.
ANCESTRY AND THE ROLE OF THE SUN IN ALAGIR’S WORK
The Alagir family is descended from the ancient Ossetian family of the Kulaevs, who settled in the Alagir Valley of the North Ossentia-Alania in Russia.
According to historians inspired by the conceptual symbolism of Alagir’s works, the Ossetians are an Iranian ethnic group from the Caucasus Mountains, indigenous to a unique ethnolinguistic region. Ossetic, a remnant of the Scytho-Sarmatian dialect group which was once spoken across the Pontic–Caspian Steppe, is one of the few Iranian languages spoken inside Europe. Ossetians are an independent and freedom-loving people who, with their courage, solidarity and dedication to their honor and traditions, left a deep mark on the cultural history of those who still reside in the Caucasus Mountains.
The Kulaev family (Alagir’s mother’s maiden name) is assimilated from the Scythian-Samart-Alanian tribes – the Ossetian-Digors and tribal nomadic peoples of Turkic origin. The ancient Scythian-Narts warriors were the Scythian-Alanian branch of the Kulaev family and are key to understanding the role of the Sun in Alagir’s work. This branch of Alagir’s family originates from the Indo-Aryan clan ALAGATA – the clan of the Scythian priests who worshiped the image of the Sun and were reputed to have possessed secret knowledge of ancient mysteries. Thus, symbols of the Sun have influenced the traditions of the Kulaev family and now appear frequently in Alagir’s work.