Sergey Eylanbekov, the United States Sports Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, recently unveiled a bronze monument on the new state-of-the-art campus of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy that pays tribute to Azerbaijan President Heydar Aliyev.

A bronze statue by Sergey Eylanbekov of Azerbaijan President Heydar Aliyev.

Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy located in Baku, Azerbaijan, is a school of international relations, which was established in March 2006 and accepted its first undergraduate students in 2011.

The world-renowned sculptor was born in Russia in 1960 and trained to be an artist in the acclaimed Moscow Surikov Academy of Fine Arts. In 1989, Eylanbekov immigrated to New York City.

Earlier this year, he also unveiled an acrylic sculpture of legendary soccer player Pelé in Libreville, Gabon, in honor of the nation’s new stadium that hosted the African Cup, the continent’s national soccer championship tournament.

His career includes becoming the Official Artist for the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games in 2002. In 2004, Eylanbekov’s sculpture titled, “Five Continents,” won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sport Art Competition for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Eylanbekov’s works can be found in public and private collections primarily throughout the United States, Europe and Russia.