Onur Gülfidan

In his paintings and drawings, Onur Gülfidan reflects the social and political circumstances in which he lives. His figures remain innocent in an isolated world that is remorselessly shaped by technology. Ironically, they look crippled and feeble but rebel against a pessimistic worldview.

Influenced by cinema, comic books, animation, and computer games, all of which have shaped his visual perception since the 1980s, Gülfidan unites these genres with classical artistic training. This imagery narrates what is underplayed and unheeded and critiques the dominant ideology. “It is as if most of the people leading their lives are standing in front of the sun, thinking ‘This sun is shining on me!’ A careful eye, however, would see that they are only casting a shadow upon the beautiful world that lies behind them,” he says.

Onur Gülfidan was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1974. He received his bachelor’s degree in painting from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2000 and his MFA in graphic design and painting at the same institution. Gülfidan opened his first solo exhibition at artSümer in 2009. He participated in a number of group exhibitions, including “First Round”, curated by Hakan Çarmıklı, Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul (2018); “Realism Now”, curated by Marcus Graf, Plato Sanat (2012); “If Nature is Heaven, The City is Hell”, CerModern, Ankara (2011). He lives and works in Istanbul.