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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. His recent solo shows include “Gaze” at Pi Artworks Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2011;  “Dis-order” at Katara Art Center in Doha, Qatar in 2012 and “Pendulum” at C24 Gallery, New York, USA in 2016.

Önürmen’s work has been exhibited at several international art fairs including The Armory Show and Art Dubai in 2012, PULSE New York, in 2013 and Volta NY in 2017.  The artist’s works are in numerous private and public collections including Istanbul Modern Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, Leon Black Collection, United States

Solo Exhibitions

2017

VOLTA, solo booth C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2016

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

2017

Thinking Projects: Asia Contemporary Art Week, with C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Art Miami, C24 Gallery, Miami, FL, USA

Contemporary Istanbul, C24 Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Seattle Art Fair, C24 Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

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

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