Corresponding member of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Karim Jabbar oglu Karimov was born on September 20, 1921 in Nakhchivan city. He is one of the founders of the Azerbaijan National Art School.
The participant of the Second World War K.Karimov entered the Azerbaijan State University in 1946 and graduated from the Department of Art Studies of the same university in 1951. From 1951 till the end of his life he worked at the Institute of Architecture and Art of the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. In 1952-1955 K.Karimov studied post-graduate course at the Institute of Architecture and Art, defended his dissertation (1959) and doctoral degree (1971). He was renamed as professor in 1975, and in 1980 he was elected as a corresponding member of ANAS. Head of Department of the Institute of Architecture and Art of ANAS (1971-1995), deputy director for scientific affairs (1973-1993) and then director (1993-1995).
The scientific activity of K.Karimov is dedicated to the creation of the history of fine art in Azerbaijan, the study of the medieval miniature art, the discovery and initial research of many Azerbaijani artistic works and artists. The discovery and scientific justification of miniature schools in Tabriz and Qazvin and their influence on Middle East art is connected with K.Karimov's name.
The outstanding scientist is the author of over 110 scientific works, including 12 monographs. His paintings include "Soltan Mohammed and his school" (1971, 1993), "Miniature of Azerbaijan" (1980), "Miniature" (1983), "Wall painting" (1983), "Art of Azerbaijan" (1977, 1992) “Bahruz Kangarli "(1962)," Sadiq bey Afshar "(1987) and other works have made a great contribution to the art sciences.
K.Karimov had been a member of Azerbaijan Artists' Union since 1958, K.Karimov worked as secretary of the Union in 1982-1992.
The work of art scientist has been highly appreciated by the state and society. In 1993, he was elected as a full member of the International Academy of Fine Arts. K. Karimov was awarded with the “Order of Labor” medal (1970) and the “Order of Honor” (1972).
Corresponding member of ANAS Karim Karimov died on July 25, 1995 in Baku.