Kyzyl Tractor art group was established between 1980s - 1990s by Vitaliy Simakov, a college professor and member of the spatial-structural composition school. In the first few years, the participants and the very name of the group often changed, but by the mid-1990s the artists association was formed in the way we know it today.
Smail Bayaliyev, Said Atabekov, Vitaliy Simakov, Arystanbek Shalbayev and now deceased Moldakul Narymbetov extensively traveled, experimented, lived and worked together until the mid-2000s, after that the artists started to focus more on their individual careers. During the time of their collaboration the Tractor team invented an experimental and vibrant language of expression at the intersection between performance, painting, sculpture and video art.
Within the Asia Contemporary Art Week New York in 2018 MANA Contemporary hosted the most important retrospective of the artworks by Kyzyl Tractor, one of the main curators was Leeza Ahmady. Some of the artworks of the exhibition «Thinking Collections: Telling Tales» are now on view as a part of Sound Off exhibition.