Ali Zülfikar


Ali Zülfikar was born in 1971 in Milelis in Turkey and studied art at Firat University under Professor Memduh Kuzay. His success began early, with his work already curated since 1993 at meanwhile over 170 international exhibitions and museums. We are delighted to display Ali Zülfikar’s masterly portrait drawings on canvas and handmade paper, drawings that he never reworks, this being 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: It is above all the pictures of old people that unfurl in his hands an emotional intensity that comprehends the wisdom and dignity of lived experience and bring to the topic of old age a novel and positive serenity. As a master of his craft, he develops in his drawings detailed structures that, seen from a distance, create a strong presence, while viewed close-up there is a tension between the spatial depth and proportions 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 else a tension in the features that signals living energy. In the case of “Oo 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 admire, too, “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 trust-inspiring contemporaries, too, 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 provoke 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 ever so fine hair, 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

Exhibitions (solo)

Kölner Liste – contemporary artfair 2016 | Kunststiftung Huntenkunst 2016 | Kunsthalle Kühlungsborn 2016 | Kunstverein Offenbach 2015 | Huntenkunst 2015 Ulft | Berliner Liste 2015 | Stadtgalerie Weisser Turm Ahrweiler 2015 | Galerie Orangerie Heiligendam 2015 | Kunsthaus Rheinlicht in Remagen 2014 | Cologne paper Art 2014 | Galerie Kunsthaus Schöne in Andernach 2013 | cutlog artfair Paris 2013 | Galerie 10er Gmünden 2013| Galerie Zeugma Cologne | Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cologne 2013 | arte Arezzo 2013 | Galerie Zeugma Cologne 2012 | affordable contemporary art Hamburg 2012 | paralax London 2012 | gallery artist meeting Eesdron 2011 | one artist show artfair NRW in Duisburg 2010 | one artist show art Iinnsbruck 2008 | arttower Berlin 2009 | one artist show ARWI 2009 | gallery Hördeburg – Dortmund | art esplanade 2008 – Dortmund | fzkke art association in Euskirchen 2008 | Puerto Rico – USA | Galerie Kulturpunkt Wipperfürth | city gallery in Frechen 2008 | one artist show Hörderburg Museum Dortmund | one artist show african art gallery Cologne 2007 | one artist show artfair Graz 2006 | Galerie Zeugma Cologne 2006 | Galerie Werkstatt Cologne 2006 | BIPI’s culture gallery in Cologne 2004 | one artist show art and exhibition hall Münsterland – Münster 2004 | Galerie Kulturpunkt Wipperfürth 2003 | museum project Hördeburg– Dortmund 2003 | one artist show in Sporthalle Arena Oberhausen 2001 | Galerie Schlachthof, art project “escape times” – Bremen 1997 |

Exhibitions (groups)

city gallery gaziantep – turkey 1994 | gallery akbank – elazig 1994 | gallery cornelius hertz in Bremen 1997 | art and exhibition hall Lindenthal in Cologne 2003 | art association Bergisches Land e.V. Wipperfürth 2005 | Galerie Kontraste Erwitte-Horn 2006 | 12th. exhibition Nationalpark Harz 2006 | Galerie J. Ehrenberg Mainheim 2007 | 13th. Wessenalle Wesseling bei Zarifa art 2007| gallery 10er room Gmunden 2007 | artfair Salzburg 2007 | Kunstmesse Akzenta in Graz 2007 | Villa Ignis Cologne 2008 | gallery Opera Budapest 2009 | showroom of the landscape union Westfalen-Lippe in Münster 2009 | art fair Istanbul 2010 | art fair 21 Cologne 2010 | Innsbruck art fair 2009 | artfair Genèvre 2009 | arte immagina art fair Reggio Emilia 2008, 2010 | art fair Salzburg 2006, 2008 | art fair Genf 2010 | arttower Berlin 2010 | gallery opera Budapest | gallery Zeugma Cologne | gallery Hördeburg – Dortmund 2012 | gallery artspace K2 Remagen | gallery artestruttura e divitas in Italy 2010 | one artist show fzkke Kunstverein in Euskirchen 2009 | museum project Hördeburg – Dortmund 2010 | ARWI 2008 Pueto Rico – USA | city gallery “house of the Netherlands Krameramthaus“ in Muenster 2007 | african art gallery in Cologne 2007 bei zarifa art | gallery J. Ehrenberg Mannheim 2007 | gallery Werkstadt Cologne 2007 | gallery 10er Haus in Gmünden 2007 | akzenta art fair – Graz | gallery Am Werk Leverkusen | galerie de Llongwy – Nettersheim | gallery Tijani – Dortmund | art exhibition, Nationalpark – Harz | historic city hall Andernach | gallery kontraste – Erwitte | Deutsches Werkzeugmuseum in Remscheid | Kunsthalle Lindenthal – Cologne | gallery Cornelius Hertz in Bremen | museum Buca, Tivat, Montenegro 2005 | gallery Kunstmeile Demiroski Warendorf 2011 | artfair bagl in Berlin 2011 | one artist show hanse art Bremen 2011 | auction dominique stall in Paris 2011 | city gallery Wesseling by zarifa art 2011 | showroom of the chamber of trade by zarifa art 2012 | art expo Arezzo 2012 | affordable art fair Hamburg 2012 | gallery different London 2012 | “Le Ciminiere” exhibition Centre – Viale Africa no.12, Catania | Galerie Kunsthaus Schöne in Andernach 2013 | arte immagina artfair Reggio Emila, Italy 2013 | galleria Borghese di Mentana, Mentana-Roma 2013 | gallery different London 2013 | Cologne paper art 2014 | Kunsthaus Schöne 2015 | Kunsthaus Rheinlicht 2015 | Kölner Liste 2016 | different London galleries 2016 |

Art project and prize | 1997 art project “flight time” with international human rights association Bremen | the president of the jury Noted mitteleuropa prix Vilnius 2011 | the saatchi online international nonstop advertising

Public collections | public and private collections in Turkey, Germany, France, England, Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Holland, Austria and the USA. | Kulturburos collections of the city of Dortmund | art collections of the German families foundation | GRAF Immobilien GmbH – Remscheid | train route school, Cologne | mig-art and culture association in Hamburg | German tool museum Remscheid | Stern-Wywiol group Hamburg

Art workshops and art symposium in Germany and Russia. His work has been in many newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedia (who’s who) | some of his works were as novel cover by ali Arslan “serce” | bülent özcan “en güzel ben ölürüm” | as well as cover for music cassettes (mikail aslan miraz | group munzur, anka kusu | ozan Emekci, munzur 17th senfoni, and published as posters and postcards. | 6 works of art at Saatchi Online were selected for international non-stop advertising in 2013 | his life and his art have been presented in various international TV channels as documentaries | WDR | ARTE | RTL II | SHOWTV | CHANNEL D | ARTE | ROJ TV | aired in TRT INT | TRT1 | rejisor irene payvest, documentary filmed “the mystery of the artist ali zülfikar! “rejisör gökhan harmandalioglu, documentary filmed” dance of colors “