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IntroductionThe Secret of Beauty
Turkish artist Gazi Sansoy has been fascinated by the portraits of the renaissance for many years.
The elegant Simonetta Vespucci from Florence was seen as the embodiment of Italian beauty during this period, and was painted by some of the most famous artists of the era. Sandro Botticelli, for example, declared her to be his muse and glorified her as the Roman goddess Venus. Piero di Cosimo portrayed her as Cleopatra wearing a necklace of snakes. Her depiction was therefore more through idealistic images than realistic portraits, and she became the source of myth and fantasy. The Italians named here “Regina della belezza”: Queen of beauty.
Is beauty merely an illusion? Gazi Sansoy provokes the viewer with a deceptive transformation of our optical frames of reference. He replaces the feminine lines of his subject’s faces with powerful areas of colour. Only the form of the female figure remains, with its now secretive appearance. The solemnly clothed body provides the ideal cover as we search longingly for that perfect beauty.
The result is a surface that can be used for plays on emotion and colour. We do not see what we are looking for, but rather what we dream of. Through their reproduction and colourful transformation, the well-known muses take on a new, heavily deceptive presence, one that is full of surprises. The image space is now free for someone else to occupy, someone the viewers can find themselves.
Gazi Sansoy describes himself as both a painter and “visitor” to his images. For his unique artistic experiment he has taken over an entire epoch, lacing it with new meaning. The palette of the 15th Century, styled in natural tones, meets the glaring colours of pop art. A time window emerges, through which we look deep into a vacuum of adventure.
1968 Born in Istanbul, Turkey 1989-1993 Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Graphics, Marmara University, Turkey 1993-1996 Master degree 2007 Founding of Utopya Platform Art Gallery Since 2009 Works in Kızıltoprak in his own atelier, Istanbul, TurkeyExhibitions
2012 No Name Silhouettes, Art 350, Istanbul, Turkey 2011 Faceless, İlayda Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 2010 Miniature Pop Series 2010 – Gazi Sansoy, Studio Exhibition (Online Exhibition) Miniature Pop 2010″ – Gazi Sansoy, Contemporary Istanbul 2010, Utopia Platform (Online Exhibition) 2004/2005/2006 Gallery Artist, Cukurcuma, Istanbul, Turkey 2004 Taksim Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 2001 Galetea Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 1997 Çırağan Hotel Kempinsky, Istanbul, Turkey 1995 Sculpture Stıudio Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Contemporary Istanbul, Ütopya Paltform Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey Contemporary Turkish Print Artists, Engraving Exhibition, Technohoros Gallery, Athens, Greece 2008 Ütopya Paltform Art Gallery, Contemporaray Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey 2007 Ütopya Paltform Art Gallery, ArtIstanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey 2006 32nd DYO Painting Competition Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey 2005 Association of Chemist, 50th Anniversary Photograph and Painting Competition, Ankara, Turkey State Painting Exhibition, Ankara, Turkey From Our and From Their, Gallery Tem, Istanbul, Turkey 2004 Art Istanbul, Gallery Artist Çukurcuma Standı, Istanbul, Turkey 2003 Küyad Art Gallery, Maltepe, Istanbul, Turkey State Painting Exhibition, Ankara, Turkey 2000/2001/2002 From Our and From Their, Gallery Tem, Istanbul, Turkey 1999 State Painting Exhibition, Ankara, Turkey Turkcell Painting Competition Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey 1997/1998 Caccho Zanchi Art Gallery, Belgium 1996 Austrian Culture Center, Tarabya, Istanbul, Turkey 1994/1995 State Original Print Exhibition, Ankara, Turkey 1994 Sculpture Stıudio Gallery, Ortaköy, Istanbul, Turkey 1993 BP Young Artist Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey Kocaeli Municipality Painting Exhibition, Turkey French Culture Center, Istanbul, Turkey 1992 Kadıköy Caddebostan Culture Center, Istanbul, Turkey