Within the framework of Murat Cengiz’s ongoing artistic research in a diverse range of graphic attitudes, the crucial element that renders these series particular is that each building can possibly be read as an individual, and thus the series become a series of portraits.
About the Artist
The Quest " exhibition's curator İpek Yeğinsü comments about Murat Cengiz's work: "Self Portrait, Undefinable and Cree by Murat Cengiz belong to his ongoing “Human-Island” series. As if suddenly appearing before our eyes in the middle of nowhere, these fantastic buildings do not exactly conform to any historical period or architectural style, in spite of the historical elements they contain. The artist’s mastery in using the line for building the form in layers adds an additional depth, almost a third dimension to the images. Within the framework of Cengiz’s ongoing artistic research in a diverse range of graphic attitudes, the crucial element that renders these series particular is that each building can possibly be read as an individual, and thus the series become a series of portraits.
As an individual’s identity is composed of many psychological, cultural, and even historical elements oscillating between his past and future and being redefined countless times at a perceptual level, each one of Cengiz’ s works have a multi-layered, multi-dimensional, multi- chronological identity. These works, also establishing a dialogue with issues such as a building’s personality or architectural identity, are presented in three radically different exhibition techniques, to emphasize the experimental approach in Cengiz’s quests; the exhibition method determined for each artwork was chosen in a way to underline the character of that specific work."
Murat Cengiz is a visual artist who holds an M.A.(2008) and a B.A. (2004) in graphic design from Dokuz Eylül University in İzmir. His multifaceted work comprises illustration, design, painting , sculpting ,game design, photography, advertising,field research and restitution artistry in archaeology and also teaching. He was a founding member and creative director of International Biennial of Izmir (2011). The artist had solo and group exhibitions in İstanbul, İzmir, Torino (Murat Cengiz @ Doctor Sax) and has participated to "The Quest" group exhibition of Galeri MCRD in 2014. Preferring a nomadic lifestyle, Murat Cengiz has travelled and worked in East Asia and lives currently in Switzerland.