biography |exhibitions |art projects

ALI ZÜLFIKAR | biography | exhibitions | art projects

• Born 1970(1971) in Yavuzeli in Turkey

• 1989-95 Studies at Firat University in Elazig under Prof. Memduh Kuzay and Cemal Arslan

• 2018 members of the © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

• 2020 sponsored by the Cultural of the City of Cologne 


Exhibition (solo)

Ali Zülfikar's art works are admired by numerous art connoisseurs worldwide. So far, these have been shown in around 200 international solo and group exhibitions and museums.

cultopia fundotion 2021 | kunstverein duisburg 2020 | galerie arp hanau 2020 | galerie ryzek wuppertal 2020 | hunstenkunst 2019 | kunstverein offenbach 2019 | emschertal-museum-herne 2018 | galley art publischer partisan  2017 | galerie art monopol salzburg  2017 | huntenkunst 2017 | sveta art gallery frankfurt 2016-2017 | kölner liste - contemporary artfair 2016 |[kunststiftung huntenkunst 2016 | kunsthalle kühlungsborn 2016 | kunstverein offenach 2015 | huntenkunst 2015 ulft | berliner liste 2015 | stadtgalerie weisser turm ahrweiler 2015 | gallerie orangerie heiligendam 2015 | kunsthaus rheinlicht in remagen 2014 | cologne paper Art  2014 | gallery zeugma cologne 2014 |  gallery kunsthaus schöne in andernach 2013 | cutlog artfair paris 2013 | galerie 10er gmünden 2013| galerie zeugma cologne | rautenstrauch-joest museum cologne 2013 | arte arezzo 2013 | gallery zeugma cologne 2012 | affordable contemporary art hamburg 2012  | paralax london 2012 |artberlin in berlin 2012 |  gallery artist meeting eesdron 2011 |  one artist show artfair nrw in diusburg 2010 | one artist show art innsbruck 2008 | arttower berlin 2009 |  one artist show ARWI 2009 | gallery hördeburg – dortmund | art esplanade 2008 – dortmund | fzkke art association in euskirchen 2008 | peurto rico -usa | gallery kulturpunkt wipperfürth | city gallery gallery in frechen 2008 |one artist show hörderburg museum dortmund | one artist show african art gallery cologne 2007 | one artist show artfair graz 2006 | gallery zeugma cologne 2006 | gallery werkstadt cologne 2006 | BIPI’s culture gallery in cologne 2004 | one artist show art and exhibitionhall münsterland - münster 2004 | gallery kulturpunkt wipperfürth 2003 | museum project hördeburg– dortmund 2003 | one artist show in sporthall arena oberhausen 2001 | gallery schlachthof, art project "escape times" – bremen 1997 |


Exhibition (groups)


osmaniye korkut ata universty in turkey 2020 | haus der niederlände münster 2020 | kulturkirche ost köln 2020 | roetgen museum neuwied 2019-2020 | galerie augarde in daun 2019 | discovery artfair cologne 2019 | kunstverein wesseling "11th artpreis" 2018 | kunsthaus rheinlicht remagen 2018| stadthalle linz, 2018 | gallery 1831 in paris 2017 | ST.ART salzbourg in france 2017 |  gallery smend köln 2017 | 1831 gallery in paris 2016 |  gallery different london 2015 | kunsthaus schöne andernach 2015 | gallery different london 2014| cologne paper art 2014 |gallery kunsthaus schöne in andernach 2013 | gallery zeugma- cologne 2013 |  gallery different london 2013 | arte immagina artfair reggio emila, italy 2013 | galleria Borghese di mentana, mentana-roma 2013 | showroom of the camber of trade by zarifa art 2012 | art expo arezzo 2012 | gallery zeugma in cologne 2012 | affordable art fair hamburg 2012 | gallery kunstagentin in dortmund 2012 | gallery different london 2012 | “Le Ciminiere” exhibition Centre - Viale Africa no.12, Catania |  gallery hördeburg – dortmund 2012 | gallery kunstmeile demiroski warendorf 2011 | artfair bagl in berlin 2011 | one artist show hanse art bremen 2011 | auction dominique stall in paris 2011 | city gallery wesseling by zarifa art 2011 | gallery zeugma cologne 2010 | art fair genf 2010 | arttower berlin 2010 | gallery opera budapest | gallery zeugma cologne | gallery artspace K2 remagen | gallery artestruttura e divitas in italien 2010 | museum project hördeburg – dortmund 2010 | one artist show fzkke kunstverein in euskirchen 2009 | art fair istanbul 2010 | art fair 21 cologne 2010 | innsbruck artfair 2009 | gallery opera budapest 2009 | showroom of the landscape union westfalen-lippe in münster 2009 | arte immagina art fair reggio emilia 2008, 2010 | art fair salzburg 2006, 2008 | ARWI 2008 peurto rico -usa | villa ignis cologne 2008 | city gallery „house of the netherlands krameramthaus“ in muenster 2007 | african art gallery in cologne 2007 bei zarifa art | gallery j. ehrenberg manheim 2007 | gallery werkstadt cologne 2007 | gallery 10er haus in gmünden 2007 | akzenta art fair - graz 2007 | gallery am werk leverkusen 2007 | gallery tijani- dortmund 2007 | art exhibition, national park - harz 2007 | historic city hall andernach 2006 | gallery kontraste - erwitte 2005 | duetsches werkzeugmuseum in remscheid 2006 | gallery kontraste erwitte-horn 2006 | 12th. exhibition national park harz 2006 | art association bergisches land e.V. wipperfürth 2005 | kunsthalle lindenthal- cologne 2004 | gallery cornelius hertz in bremen | art and exhibitionhall lindenthal in cologne 2003 | gallery cornelius hertz in bremen 1997 | ... |



art project und prize 

In 2020, 2021 and 2022 he received three grants from the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and a studio funded by the city of Cologne.

The House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany Foundation acquired the work "Greta" by the artist Ali Zülfikar for the museum.
In 2018, Zülfikar got into trouble in the Stadthalle in Linz/Rhein with a critical work showing Turkish President Erdogan. At that time, the Turkish Consul General Sibel Müderrisoglu intervened, and the city of Linz initially caved in too. Only when the mayor received assessments from the Foreign Office and the police, was the artist finally allowed to exhibit his work.
Ali Zülfikar was nominated "Artist of the Year" by the Turkish Ministry of Culture in 2017, the artist says he refuses to accept the award.

2020, The design of the Alevi community of Unna, the 6 portraits of "Twelve Imams", "7 Great Bards", "Holy Mother", Shah Ismael "and Haci Bektasi Veli"

the president of the jury noted mitteleuropa prix Vilnius 2011 | 1997 art project "flight time" with international human rights association Bremen | 

public collections | public and private collections in turkey, germany, france, england, italy, england, belgium, hungary, holland, austria and usa. |

the Foundation House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany | collection of the international senefelder foundation MANROLAND in offenbach | sammlung kunsthalle kühlungsborn | emschertal museum herne collection of the city herne | külturburos collections of the city of dortmund | art collections of the german families foundation | GRAF immobilien gmbh – remscheid | zugweg shool, cologne | mig-art and culture association in hamburg | german tool museum remscheid | stern-wywiol gruppe hamburg | the saatchi online international nonstop werbung   | 2 edition (einstein and picasso)  senefelder stiftung  / kunsthandel manfred huegelow (einstein and picasso) in offenbach | 

art workshops and art symposium in germany and russia his work has been in the following newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedia (who's who) | some of his works were as roman cover by ali arslan- “serce” | bülent özcan “en güzel ben ölürüm” | and cover for music cassettes (mikail aslan miraz | group munzur, anka kusu | ozan emekci, munzur 17th senfoni, and published as posters and postcards. | 6 works of art at saatchi online is selected as an international non-stop advertising in 2013 | about his life and his art were in the various internatinal tv channels as documentaries | WDR | ARTE | RTL II | SHOWTV | CHANNEL D | ARTE | ROJ TV | aired in TRT INT | TRT1 | WDR- "aktuelle stunde " | WDR- COSMO | ARTI TV | ODA TV |  rejisor irene payvest, documentary filmed “the mystery of the artist ali zülfikar!” rejisör gökhan harmandalioglu, documentary filmed “dance of colors”



Zitat von der Frau Dr. Stephanie Eckhardt

Ali Zülfikar was born in 1971 in Milelis in Turkey and studied art at Firat University under Professor Memduh Kuzay. His success began early, with his work already curated since 1993 at meanwhile over 170 international exhibitions and museums. We are delighted to display Ali Zülfikar’s masterly portrait drawings on canvas and handmade paper, drawings that he never reworks, this being a distinguishing feature of his approach.


The world consists of nothing but dots that merge into lines and structures. The art project "ANGESICHTER" by Ali Zülfikar directs our eye to the essential. An exciting aspect of daily life. Our perception of mentality, environment, cultures, people, nature, sensuality, but also pain are illusions based on three basic effects. This is the philosophical view of the artist Ali Zülfikar. He sets himself the ambitious goal of taking a journey through time in people's faces - his role models range from Albrecht Dürer to Gerhard Richter.



Ali Zülfikar's filigree portraits have appeared on large canvas since 2014. Zülfikar has drawn many of these portraits in pencil on canvas. "Everybody can draw on paper," says Zülfikar. It should be something special. And he masters this kind of drawing to perfection. His lines and surfaces create a multidimensional effect. In order to fix the large-scale drawings, Zülfikar uses a self-invented fixing mixture. For his complex drawings, he selects striking faces in particular, which he depicts in detail. An important concern here is to convey a deep emotional involvement. Three generations are represented in his drawings: in a moment full of horror, sorrow or grief. 

For decades, artists have repeatedly faced the challenges of drawing with pencil and grey tones. One of the main reason has always been to involve the viewer face to face. The renunciation of the complexity of colours has here a liberating effect. Ali Zülfikar stops time with his portraits and portrays people in a moment of silence. His large- format portraits impressively depict the physique of the human face. The portraits resemble landscapes with ups and downs and folds like a finely divided root system. The concentration here lies in the depth of the eyes, which Ali Zülfikar depicts like a lake, in which the viewer finds his counter image mirrored, framed by rocky formations over cheekbone and nose, in contrast to wide planes of the cheeks and forehead up to woody hair growth.

Dr. Stephanie Eckhardt | Cologne, 06/06/2016
Tranlation: Paul Gregory