Zulfikar Ali
(1971-)

Peintre
Vit et travaille en Allemagne

Ali Zülfikar né 1971 à Milelis/Turquie a étudié l’art à l’université de Firat chez le professeur Memduh Kuzay. Son grand succès s’est révélé très tôt. Depuis 1993 ses oeuvres ont pu, en effet, être vues dans 170 expositions et musées dispersés autour du monde. Nous nous réjouissons de pouvoir exposer ses chefs-d’oeuvres, autant de dessins et de portraits exécutés sur toile et papier de cuve. Ceux-ci ne sont jamais retouchés, une particularité de son travail.
L’intention primordiale du portraitiste de comprendre l’âme et la vie de l’ homme et de rendre visible l’impalpable prend forme d’une manière exceptionnelle: notamment dans ses portraits de personnes âgées. Ces sujets reçoivent sous ses mains une intensité émotionnelle caractérisée par la sagesse et la dignité de l’existence. Il renouvelle ainsi le thème de la vieillesse d’une proéminence sublime.

Il est un des rares maîtres dans son domaine. Dans ses dessins il développe des structures détaillées, qui observées à distance expriment une forte présence, mais regardées de près, montrent un rapport tendu entre la perspective et les proportions et ressemblent, par l’application de différentes couches et de bris de lignes, à des reliefs. Le spectateur est entraîné par le regard, l’expression, les traits expressifs des personnages, dans les contes qu’ils racontent. Sans aucun doute s’agit-il d’un grand dessinateur qui possède une compréhension évidente des trajectoires de vie des hommes.


Ali Zülfikar impose ses portraits en gros plan, tout près du spectateur, et leur donne un éclairage intense et insolite: chaque sillon, cicatrice, entaille ou ride, chaque petit follicule pileux même, est ainsi saisi et traité dans le dessin. En offrant ses portraits modulés et en gros format, il rend un hommage profond à la sensation et à l’effort de vie de l’être humain.

Docteur ès Lettres Stephanie Eckhardt, 6 Juin 2016

Ali Zulfikar a remporté de nombreux prix internationaux et son travail est exposé par de nombreuses institutions.

Painter,
living and working in Germany

Ali Zülfikar was born in 1971 in Milelis in Turkey and studied art at Firat University under Professor Memduh Kuzay. His success began early; his work was first curated in 1993, featured in over 170 international exhibitions and museums. We are delighted to display Ali Zülfikar’s masterly portrait drawings in our gallery. On canvas or handmade paper, Zülfikar never reworks or retouches his drawings, a distinguishing feature of his approach.
It is the highest goal of a portraitist to understand and make visible the soul and life of a person, and this is something that Zülfikar achieves in a unique way. By looking beyond a picture of an old person, he unfurls such an emotional intensity that comprehends the wisdom and dignity of lived experience, and brings a novel and positive serenity to the topic of old age.

As a master of his craft, he develops detailed structures in his drawings that create a strong presence when perceived from a distance. However, up close there is a tension between spatial depth and proportion, which generates the effect of relief by using layers and ruptures in the flow of the lines.

Most of those portrayed arouse the sympathy of the observer. Either it is the wakeful eyes that attract or a tension in the features that signals living energy. In the case of “Oh No!” both apply. The faces of the women have often something warming, motherly, patient, although it is difficult to say what it is exactly that elicits this perception. But one finds oneself stopping to also admire, “Genuß/Pleasure”, which is the portrait of an engaging, smiling woman with surprisingly soft features.

The outstanding feature of Picasso’s wonderful head is clearly the striking physiognomy in which his determination is reflected. A vigorous curiosity speaks from his large eyes. Less trustworthy contemporaries also provoke fascination such as “Curse of the Caribbean”. Seen in profile, the old unshaven man has his mouth open. Must one fear him or is this an unkempt person who deserves compassion?


It is Ali Zülfikar’s achievement that his pictures evoke such questions. His portraits pull the observer into the stories that they tell – through their eyes, their facial expressions, their tense features. He is without doubt a great draughtsman whose understanding for the unmistakeable lifelines of people is undeniable.

Ali Zülfikar brings his oversized portraits up close to the observer and shows them in an unusually intense light: each furrow or scar, each hair, ever so fine, is captured in the drawings. By presenting his portraits in oversize dimensions, and also strongly modulated, he creates a monument of human feeling and a lived life.
Dr. Stephanie Eckhardt | Cologne, 06/06/2016

Ali Zulfikar has won many international awards and his work is exhibited by many institutions.

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