Renderfeed: Murat, first of all, thank you very much for taking the time to sit down with us. Can you start out by telling us a little bit about yourself and about your central statement: “I am refractive and my art is the refraction of my life.”?
(Murat) Although I don’t like using words to describe my work, I actually did write this statement. I see life experience as light and whenever it passes through a prism, it is being refracted. I see myself as water or as a diamond that disperses light in the rainbow colors. Whatever happens in my life is being translated and painted on a canvas. Art is refraction to me.
Renderfeed: Let’s travel back to your childhood: You had a very multinational upbringing: born in Prague, a childhood spent in Paris, High School in Ankara…How did this influence your work?
(Murat) Well, I do not really remember my childhood. It is like I was someone else. So consciously nothing really influenced my work. I guess I was a happy child.
Renderfeed: What were the major artistic influences that shaped your life? Did you admire any artists in particular?
(Murat) I don’t really get influenced or inspired, I always prefer experimenting new concepts and techniques. I enjoy the works of Erwin Olaf. Storm Thorgerson, who sadly pasted away last year, is also one of my favorite artists.
Renderfeed: Did you go to university and if so, what did you study? If university wasn’t part of your plans after graduating from high school, what led you to the decision to jump straight into work?
(Murat) I subscribe to the motto of “We don’t need no education”. I went to Istanbul Bilgi University and studied Photography/Video. I went there as […]