The Paintings of Karipbek Kuyukov, an Extraordinary Man

By Nikki Artale

Las Vegas Informer

Photos by Nikki Artale

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Karipbek Kuyukov

The paintings of Karipbek Kuyukov express the pain that nuclear weapons bring. At a young age he began painting using his mouth and legs to tell the story of his opposition of nuclear testing and also his love of nature.

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Karipbek Kuyukov is a renowned painter working in Karaganda, Kazakhstan and a global anti-nuclear weapons activist. He is the honorary Ambassador of the Atom Project. The Atom project (Abolish Testing. Our Mission) is an international petition campaign to mobilize global public opinion against nuclear weapons.

Mr. Kuyukov is a victim of decades of nuclear weapons testing by the Soviet Union in Eastern Kazakhsta. He was born in 1968 in the Karaganda region, 54 miles from the test site, and he was born without arms.

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This nuclear evil destroyed the lives and health of more than 1.5 million people between 1949 and 1991 in the area of the test sites, and are still being felt today. On 9/16/13 I was invited to attend the reception at the United Nations by Salwa Sally Kader, President of the US Federation for Middle East Peace USFMEP, to hear Mr. Kuyukov speak and view his paintings which were inspirational.

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Salwa Kader, Karipbek Kuyukov & Nikki Artale

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I leave you with a quote from the Honorable Atom Project Ambassador Karipbek Kuyukov “Many of the people in my life have died from the radiation from the nuclear tests. In one family, first the father then the mother then all the children passed away-the whole family of 10. I myself have no arms to hug you, but I have a heart as big as the open space of Kazakhstan ready to embrace the world for peace and nuclear disarmament.”

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We must take actions to end nuclear weapons.

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Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer  – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

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