ARTISTS / GAZI SANSOY

GAZİ SANSOY

Born in 1968 in Istanbul, Gazi Sansoy graduated from Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty majoring in graphics, in 1993. In 1996 he earned his masters degree under the supervision of Mustafa Aslıer. He founded and managed Ütopya Platform Art Gallery between 2007 and 2015.
Most of his works reflect a unique language of painting where he applies absurd interventions to traditional works, searching for a compromise between contemporary and tradition. In his recent works, the influence of Levni, the famous artist of the Tulip Era, is widely seen. There are three main figure groups in these works of Sansoy: the images of Levni which construct the main body of his works; the figures of the famous painters of the Western painting tradition and contemporary, erotic, female figures taken from the internet. He is known by his multilayered, grand sized paintings, produced by hundreds of small figures. In these thought-provoking paintings, he remarkably compares Levni's figures with the figures of artists like Rembrandt on the same scale and compares the two rival civilizations both in terms of art history and a socio-cultural aspect. Sansoy has participated in a large number of solo and group exhibitions both in Turkey and abroad and continues to work at his studios in Kızıltoprak, Büyükada and Ayvalık.

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