Far. 2013. Oil on canvas, 250 x 300 cm.

Far. 2013. Oil on canvas, 250 x 300 cm.

Mehmet Güleryüz


Born in Istanbul in 1938, he enters The Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts Department of Painting in 1958, from which he graduates in first place in 1966. He learned acting at the same time as he attended the academy, taking part in various ‘actor’s studios’ and important amateur theaters. In 1963, he begins his professional acting career at the Arena Theater, directed by Asaf Çiğiltepe. Opens his first personal exhibition, featuring drawings, in 1963. 1970-75, receives advanced training in painting and lithography during a state scholarship in Paris. 1971, Paris: Creates his first sculptures and performance at the Pont des Arts. 1975-1980: teaches at the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts Painting Department. 1980: resigns from this position and settles in New York, 1980-84. 1984: Exhibits sculptures and etchings produced in Brussels at Galeri 2016. 1985: Returns to Istanbul. 1985-2000: Provides art training at a studio with his own name at BILSAK. 1986: Begins to publish the art magazine “Kalın” (Thick). 1988: Opens his 25th anniversary retrospective, organized Galeri Nev and accompanied by a book written by Nan Freeman 1989-92: Served as founding president of the International Fine Arts Organization. 1990-95: Publishes an interview column entitled “Conversations with Guleryuz”   in the magazine, Votre Beauté 1991: realizes the monumental 14-painting cycle “Cross-Wind” for permanent installation in the atrium of the Ankara Sheraton Hotel. 1992: serves as a visiting instructor at Bilkent University.  1992: realizes a series of 7 paintings for the lobby of the Polat Renassance Hotel in Istanbul 1995: visits Bosnia under the auspices of the ‘Humanity for Bosnia’ iniative. 1998-2001: Acts the character Pepino in the three-character play, “An Old Clown is Wanted for a Small Job” at the Istanbul State Theater. Participates in the State Theater tours of Duisburg and Dusseldorf with this play. 2000: reelected as the president of the Turkish Fine Arts Association president. Reelected in 2001 as the president of the Turkish branch of the International Fine Arts Association, in 2002 of the East European Branch, and as the vice president of the united IAA European presidency and as a member of the IAA World Adminstration Board.  2003: realizes his 40 year drawing retrospective at the Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Gallery. 2003-5: teaches at the Yıldız Technical University Combined Arts Program. In addition to lessons provided at his independent private art studio, since 1999 he also teaches in the Bilgi University Design Culture and Administration Certificate Program. 2005: organizes the European General Meeting of the IAA, also participating in the 16th IAA World General Meeting in Beijing and the 2nd Beijing Beinnial as the IAA’s representative from Turkey. 2007: realizes the retrospective and sculpture exhibition, “From Here to There” at the Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Gallery. 2008: realizes the exhibition, “Fifty Years of Art,” at the Ankara Galeri Nev, accompanied by a second book by Nan Freeman. 50thYear Retrospective exhibition takes place at Kibele Art Gallery in January 15 2009, with the contribution of  Is Bankası, which was accompaniedby an artist bookis written by Wendy Shaw. In 2009, he participates in Mardin Contemporary Art Bienal as well as the same year, in 9th International Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair and Contemporary İstanbul ’09. In 2010, he realises 2 exhibitions; “Bile Bile” at Galeri Merkur and “Desen de” at Arte Istanbul. The cover of 150 special editions of “Acik Kitap” which was published for Acik Radio’s 10th year anniversary   was seperately designed by Mehmet Guleryuz and each one has a different design on it.  In 2011 he participated in international fairs like Art Dubai, Hong Kong Art Fair, Basel Scope, Marrakesh Art Fair and Contemporary Istanbul. In 2012 he participated in the Viennafair 2012 and will also be taking part in Contemporary Istanbul under the custody of the Empire Project. A solo show containing a collection of older and brand new drawings on Paper and Canvas as well as an important sculptural work will be featured in the upcoming show at M1886 Gallery in Ankara. His long awaited solo show containing brand new works will take place at the Empire Project in March 2013.

 

 

Website: http://www.mehmetguleryuz.com/

 

PRESS CLIPS

Hürriyet Cumartesi Keyİf, April 2013
\'With One\'s Eyes Open\' An Exhibition from Mehmet Güleryüz (PDF)

Radikal, April 2013
Interview with Mehmet Güleryüz (PDF)

Dünya, April 2013
Interview with Mehmet Güleryüz (PDF)

Cumhuriyet, March 2013
Mehmet Güleryüz \'With One\'s Eyes Open\' Exhibition (PDF)

Hürriyet Daily News, March 2013
Mehmet Güleryüz \'With One\'s Eyes Open\' Exhibition (PDF)

Milliyet Sanat, March 2013
Interview with Mehmet Güleryüz (PDF)

Mimarlık Dekorasyon, March 2013
Mehmet Güleryüz \'With One\'s Eyes Open\' Exhibition (PDF)

Artam Global Art, March 2013
Mehmet Güleryüz \'With One\'s Eyes Open\' Exhibition (PDF)

Milliyet, February 2013
\'With One\'s Eyes Open\' An Exhibition from Mehmet Güleryüz (PDF)

Hürriyet Trendy, January 2013
Interview with Mehmet Güleryüz (PDF)

Hürriyet, November 2012
Mehmet Güleryüz Interview (PDF)

Milliyet, November 2012
Contemporary Istanbul (PDF)

Milliyet Sanat, November 2012
The Artist At The Edge Of The Line (PDF)

Vogue Türkiye, November 2012
Kerimcan Güleryüz Interview (PDF)

Radikal, October 2012
Interview with Mehmet Güleryüz on Conservative Art (PDF)

Hürriyet Daily News, September 2012
Two Art Venues: The Empire Project / Poligon (PDF)

Cnbc-e Business, May 2012
Kerimcan Güleryüz Interview (PDF)

Zaman, January 2012
Galleries Can Take Financial Support From The Government (PDF)

Marie Claire Maison, December 2011
In 2012 (PDF)

Hurriyet Daily News, November 2011
Turkish Collectors Think Very Small (PDF)

Hurriyet Ek, November 2011
New Works of Guleryuz (PDF)