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iRFAN ÖNÜRMEn

b. 1958 Bursa, Turkey Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey

İrfan Önürmen's graduated from the Istanbul Fine Arts Academy (now known as Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University), Department of Painting, in 1987. His work reveals the relationships and discrepancies between personal and public experience as seen through the lens of contemporary media. Önürmen addresses the impact of mass media on human experience and its visual representation through collage, painting, and sculpture. His selected exhibitions include “9 Contemporary Turkish Painters,” Brussels, Belgium, in 2004; “Made in Turkey,” Kulturdezernat der Stadt, Frankfurt, Germany, in 2008; “New Baghdad Museum and Terror Factory,” Thessaloniki Contemporary State Art Museum, Greece, in 2009; the 10th Istanbul Biennial; “6 positions in critical art from Istanbul,” Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin, in 2009, to name, but a few. His recent solo shows include “Gaze” at Pi Artworks Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2011; “İrfan Önürmen” at C24 Gallery, New York, USA in 2012, and “Dis-order” at Katara Art Center in Doha, Qatar in 2012.

Önürmen’s work has been exhibited at several international art fairs including The Armory Show and Art Dubai in 2012, as well as PULSE New York, in 2013. The artist’s works are in numerous private and public collections.

Solo Exhibitions

2016 İrfan Önürmen: Pendulum, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2014 İrfan Önürmen, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2012 Dis-order, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar

          İrfan Önürmen, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2011 Autopsy, Pi Artworks Tophane, Istanbul, Turkey

          Gaze, Pi Artworks Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turkey

2009 New Baghdad Museum & Terror Factory, Thessaloniki Contemporary State Art                      Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece

           Panic, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

2007 On Paper and Tulle, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

2006 1996 - 2006 Figure Series, New Pi Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

          Gray 3, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

2005 ArtFrankfurt 05, International Frankfurt Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany

2004 Gray, Lütfi Kırdar Exhibition Centre, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

          ArtFrankfurt 04, International Frankfurt Art Fair, Pi Artworks, Frankfurt, Germany

2003 Artist 2003, 13th Istanbul Art Fair, Pi Artworks, Tüyap Exhibition Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

          Pentulle, Pi Artworks, Istanbull, Turkey

          Art Istanbul 2003, Contemporary Art Exposition, Pi Artworks, Lütfi Kırdar Exhibition             Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

          İrfan Önürmen, PG Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

          Hakan Gürsoytrak / İrfan Önürmen, Gallery Nev, Ankara, Turkey

          Görüntü Art Gallery, Adana, Turkey

2002 İrfan Önürmen, Milli Reasürans Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

          Artist 2002, 12th Istanbul Art Fair, Pi Artworks, Tüyap Exhibition Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

1999 Artist 1999, 9th Istanbul Passion Gallery, Tüyap Exhibition Hall, Istanbull, Turkey

          Siyaz Art Galley, Bursa, Turkey

          İrfan Önürmen, Passion Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1997 İrfan Önürmen, Nadya Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1996 İrfan Önürmen, Türkiye Íȿ Bankası, Istanbul, Turkey

1992 İrfan Önürmen, Urart Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

1989 İrfan Önürmen, Maya Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

         İrfan Önürmen, Mor ve Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

         İrfan Önürmen, Sanfa Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Group Exhibitions

2016 Contemporary Istanbul, C24 Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

          Art Southampton, C24 Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, USA

          Art New York, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2015 PULSE New York, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2014 The Heritage of Turkish Art, NYIT Gallery 61, New York, NY, USA

          Contemporary Istanbul ’14, Istanbul, Turkey

2013 PULSE New York, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

          Contemporary Istanbul ’13, Istanbul, Turkey

2012 Contemporary Istanbul ’12, Istanbul, Turkey

          ArtMRKT Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY, USA

         The Armory Show, New York, NY, USA

         Art Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

         Self-portrait, Alanistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2011 If Nature is Heaven the City is Hell, Cer Modern, Ankara, Turkey

2010 Zoom Art Fair, Pi Artworks, Miami, FL, USA

         Contemporary Istanbul '10, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

         Chaotic Metamorphosis, Proje 4L Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul,                    Turkey

         34İST2010, Adasanat, Istanbul, Turkey

        Cer Modern Opening Exhibition, Ankara, Turkey

        Contemporary Art From Istanbul, Museo Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, Polignano         a Mare, Italy

        Polignano a Mare, Italy

        Food, Karȿı Art Works, Istanbul, Turkey

2009 Contemporary Istanbul '09, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

           6 positions in critical art from Istanbul, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg,                      Berlin, Germany

           Istanbul Modern Berlin, Works from 1928 to 2008 from the collection of Istanbul                  Modern, Berlin, Germany

           Martin- Gropius- Bau, Berlin, Germany

           New Works, New Horizons, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey

           Scope Basel, Pi Artworks, Basel, Switzerland

2008 Artasia Miami '08, International Contemporary Art Fair, Pi Artworks, Miami, FL, USA

          The Bridge to Peace - Pippa Bacca, UPSD, Istanbul, Turkey

          Contemporary Istanbul '08, Pi Artworks, Lütfi Kirdar Exhibition Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

          Made in Turkey, (Curated by Heike Stockhaus), various venues, Frankfurt, Germany

          8 Faces, 5533 IMÇ Unkapanı, Istanbul, Turkey

2007 Hybrid Narratives, Akbank Art, Istanbul, Turkey

          Your Eyes Are Bigger Than Your Belly, 10th Istanbul Biennial, Special Projects,                     Hafriyat Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey

          Black and White, CKM, Caddebostan, Istanbul, Turkey

          Color of Women, MKM, Akatlar, Istanbul, Turkey

2006 Contemporary İstanbul '06, Pi Artworks, Lütfi Kirdar Exhibition Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

           Art Istanbul '06, International Contemporary Art Days, Pi Artworks, Antrepo, Istanbul,           Turkey

          Local Heaven: Contemporary Transport, Hafriyat Group, Diyarbakir, Turkey

          art.fair 06, International Art Fair, Pi Artworks, Cologn, Germany

         deforNation, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

         Natur-Mort, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey

         inforNation, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

2005 On The Frontiers of Experiences, Akbank Art, Istanbul, Turkey

35+, Terakki Foundation Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Secret-Time, Ankara Contemporary Art Center, Ankar, Turkey

Art Istanbul 05, Istanbul Art Fair, Lütfi Kirdar Sergi Sarayı, Istanbul, Turkey

Production Fault, Istanbul Biennial, Antrepo, Istanbul, Turkey

2004 False World, Hafriyat Group, Munich Town Hall, Munich, Germany

9 Contemporary Turkish Painters, Brussels, Belgium

2003 Koperatif, Hisart, Kargart, Istanbul, Hisart, Kargart, Istanbul, Turkey

2002 Aileye Mahsustur, KarȿÍ Art, Istanbul, Turkey

2001 Death = Death, Karȿı Art, Istanbul, Turkey

Modern Turk, Topkapı Palace, Has Ahırlar, Istanbul Art Museum Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey

Artist 2001, 11th Istanbul Air Fair, Pi Artworks, Tüyap Exhibition Hall, Tepebaȿı, Istanbul, Turkey

Balkan Art Istanbul 2001, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey

Voices from Homeland, Karȿı Art, Istanbul, Turkey

2000 Four Walls Atelier, Axa Oyak Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Treacherous Nights, Hafriyat Group, Asmalımescit, Istanbul, Turkey

Domestic Goods, Elhamra Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1999 4th Turkish Jockey Club Painting Competition, Turkish Jockey Club, Istanbul, Turkey

Geography Losing Its Identity / Vanishing Roots, Elhamra Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1998 Istanbul Art Fair, Passion Art Gallery, Tüyap Exhibition Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

Group Show, Beytem Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Group Show, Passion Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Drawings, Elhamra Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1996 Group Show, Nadya Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1995 A Cross-section of Young Turkish Painting, Mine Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Two Tendencies, Four Intentions, Atatürk Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey

1994 New Trends, Mimar Sinan University, Osman Hamdi Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

1993 Emerging Artists, Etibank Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Mimar Sinan University, Junge Künstler Sichvor, Frankfurt, Germany; Vienna, Austria

1992 Sanart, Turkish-British Culture Association Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

Nudes, Turkish-British Culture Association Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

1989 Drawings, Urart Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

Drawings from Nine Figurative Painters, Sanfa Art Gallery, Istanbul; Urart Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1987 Neȿe Erdok Atelier, Urart Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1986 Seref Akdik Art Prizes, Mimar Sinan University, Osman Hamdi Hall, Istanbul, Turkey

1985 Youth year, Young Painters, Urart Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Awards

2000 Naval Forces Paining Competition, 1st Place, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey Tekel Painting Competition, 1st Place, Istanbul, Turkey

Other

1981-1987 Mimar Sinan University Fine Art Department, Painting Division, Neȿe Erdok Atellier

Collections

Istanbul Modern Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Leon Black Collection, United States