İbrahim Çiftçioğlu

Who is İbrahim Çiftçioğlu?

Painter İbrahim Çiftçioğlu, who thinks that the painting is autobiographical, states that his paintings contain essences distilled from his life. Sections from İbrahin Çiftçioğlu’s artistic life…

Artist. Born in 1952, Çorum. He graduated from Çorum Primary Teacher Training School (1970), Gazi Education Institute Painting and Crafts Department (1973) and Marmara University Atatürk Education Faculty (1986). He worked as a teacher and administrator in schools under the Ministry of National Education. Later, he became a lecturer at Marmara University Atatürk Faculty of Education. He continued his duty there until his retirement in 1998.

While working under the Ministry of National Education, he served as Board Member, President and Regional Representative in the professional organization (TÖB-DER). He served on the Boards of Directors and Working Commissions of the UNESCO AIAP National Committee and the International Association of Plastic Arts. He published the publication of the association, Yayın, and Atölye Gün Işıkı and Pentürk Hayirli Fanzine. He prepared the Plastic Arts Education Curriculum for the Primary and High Schools of private MEF schools. He wrote the book The Whole World on a Leaf, which includes the life and art of artist Veysel Günay. He curated the Bursa Festival, Contemporary Turkish Painting Exhibition, 75th Anniversary / Turkish Plastic Arts Exhibition organized by Bilim Art Gallery and prepared his books for publication. He participated in many national and international exhibitions since 1972; He held 58 personal exhibitions.

Çiftçioğlu describes his own painting as follows: “First of all, I think one aspect of my painting is autobiographical. I can say that they contain essences distilled from my life. My movement from the subjective becomes general; Local, universal and social current experiences constitute the basic aspect of my painting. My paintings are the results of a certain experience, perception, consciousness and heart, almost transformed into images. In my paintings, I consciously see and establish the equivalence of individual and social experiences. This active-romantic essence is reflected in my painting with a symbolic expression and takes form.

Every element in my painting undertakes a function that conveys my thoughts and sensitivity. In my opinion, an artist should not be a stranger to his age, country, people and their problems. Because nothing human is alien to me. What is important is that an artist examines himself, his people, his culture and his age in every sense with a thoughtful mind and a sensitive heart. For me, art is a way to comprehend and reshape life and society.

Art is a form of action for me. I would like to achieve a narrative attitude in my paintings. I want my paintings to leave a silent but grasping effect, like a phenomenon that needs to be remembered. My paintings produce an attitude, a thought, a problem, a protest, sadness, peace or uneasiness, individual and social experiences... I have anxiety. It's not what I've done that excites me, but what I'll do. I'm fidgety. My art is the erasing and rewriting of my life or your life. I belong to tomorrow!” defines it with expressions.

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