aus Köln, Deutschland
ALI - ZÜLFIKAR
ali zülfikar was born in göcmez, east part of turkey in 1970. 1989-95 studies at the firat university in elazig with prof. memduh kuzay, cemal arslan
he has been living in germany, cologne since 1997. from this date on, he has taken part of numerous
exhibitions in germany and abroad.
art project | 1997 art project "flight time" with international human rights association bremen public collections |public and private collections in turkey, germany, france, england, italy, belgium, hungary, holland, austria and usa. |külturburos collections of the city of dortmund art collections of the german families foundation | GRAF immobilien gmbh - remscheid art workshops and art symposium in germany and russia his work has been in the following newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedia (who's who). | some of his works were as roman cover (ali arslan, serce) | and cover for music cassettes (mikail aslan miraz | group munzur, anka kusu | ozan emekci, munzurun 17th senfoni, and published as posters and postcards. about his life and his art were in the various internatinal tv channels as documentaries | WDR, TRT1 | TV SHOW | CHANNEL D | ARTE| ROJ TV | aired in TRT INT.
he has attended more than 140 exhibitions in museums, art galleries and art fair
kunsthaus schöne andernach | art fair istanbul | art fair cologne |innsbruck artfair | artfair genevre | arte immagina art fair reggio emilia | art fair salzburg | art fair genf | arttower berlin |gallery opera budapest | gallery zeugma cologne | gallery hördeburg – dortmund | gallery artspace K2 remagen | gallery artestruttura e divitas in italien |fzkke kunstverein in euskirchen | museumsprojekt oldenburg – dortmund | ARWI 2008 peurto rico -usa | house of the netherlands krameramthaus in muenster |african art gallery | galerie j. ehrenberg manheim | galerry werkstadt cologne | gallery 10er haus in gmünden | akzenta art fair - graz | gallery am werk leverkusen | galerie de longwy - nettersheim | gallery tijani- dortmund | art exhibition, national park - harz | historic city hall andernach | gallery kontraste - erwitte | duetsches werkzeugmuseum in remscheid | kunstverein bergisches land e. V. wipperfürth | städtische gallery frechen | BIPI’s kultur gallery in cologne | halle münsterland - münster | gallery kulturpunkt wipperfürth | kunsthalle lindenthal- cologne | gallery cornelius hertz in bremen | museum buca, tivat, montenegro | citygallery gaziantep - turkey | gallery akbank -elazig | gallery kunstmeile demiroski warendorf | art expo arezzo | affordable art fair hamburg ...etc
ali zulfikar paints in a tradition which emanates from his roots. dealing with oriental narratives and using home-made traditional “wool colours” that have a sensual glow. he inherited the knowledge of mixing and using “wool colours” (organic dyes used in woollen products) from his mother and other experts in his homeland turkey and over a period of years developed this even further. ali zülfikar's preferred colour is red in all it’s shades, combined with a cheerful sunny yellow. often ali zülfikar uses a deep blue as a base colour for his work. when viewing his paintings one appreciates the artist's work with its lively natural and organic colours derived from plants, which have their own materiality and structure. some of his paint such as the blue, dark blue and green are made of special raw materials which he sources in turkey, and then processes in his own way in his studio. his paints are unique because they do not bleach as is common in some organic dyes, but retain their strong colour appearance. quote: dr. winfried gellner, cologne, 12. 09. 2007
his narrative style uses original kelim* fragments, many archaic motifs and symbols with a central theme: caravans, wandering and migration. iIn doing this, the artist processes his own experience to pass on an understanding of his life and work to the next generation. In his recent work, ali zülfikar uses several layers one on top of the other. as the layers break up wonderful structures are revealed which reminds one of tree bark or lizard skin, providing age and depth. on top of this structure ali zülfikar prefers to draw beautiful women or mature male faces struck by life, placing female youth next to the wisdom of age to complete his outlook on life. he often adds a thin layer on top of his portraits so that they seem to disappear behind a pane of rain covered glass. there is always something new to discover so that the viewer never tires of exploring his paintings.