Geneva, GE, Switzerland
About Ali Kursun
Ali Kursun is a Geneva based Turkish/Swiss artist born in Istanbul in 1967. He is a self-taught artist and his painting is purely intuitive. He began to create his first paintings in dry pastel which a canvas is uniformly covered with earth colours, usually grey and brown; he also uses the technique for large paintings and movements. His work has received attention rapidly in a short career that spans only five years of creative practice. He uses a variety of unorthodox methods to produce paintings and pictures. His work is deliberately experimental. Out of his immersion in different cultures and its people, his art manages to retain its quintessence: the beat of the human heart. He is a story-teller, a futurist, and a thoughtful enquirer into the conditions of life. His inquiry into the human knowledge is seminal to his personal motivation. What pulls Ali to art is his passion for creativity and its unlimited potential ways of expression. "You either like an artwork or you don't. Art is intuitive. It is the language of feelings" he says. Ali Kursun lives and creates in Geneva, Switzerland. He can be reached at email@example.com
1991 MA Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland
1990 BA Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland
Solo exhibition "Unspoken", 6 March 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland
There is always an unspoken understanding between you and others. Unspoken words, feelings, thoughts, and dreams are part of our daily lives. When this happens, it is unstated, unexpressed, unuttered, unsaid, unmentioned, unvoiced, unarticulated, undeclared, unavowed, not spelled out, silent, wordless, voiceless – but, at the same time, tacit, implicit, insinuated, taken for granted, hinted, suggested, yet understood. We all live in unspoken worlds. With this new exhibition, I wanted to create paintings that remind us of those unspoken moments. Paintings that touch our unspoken souls.
Solo exhibition "Soulmates", 7 March 2013 - Geneva, Switzerland
Wikipedia defines a Soulmate as “a Soulmate (or soul mate) is believed by some to be the person with whom one has a feeling of deep or natural affinity, similarity, love, sex, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, or compatibility”. In his dialogue The Symposium, Plato has Aristophanes present a story about soulmates. Aristophanes states that humans originally had four arms, four legs, and a single head made of two faces, but Zeus feared their power and split them all in half, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half to complete them. Although I think this is a profound definition of a Soulmate it is incomplete. First of all it takes way too long to find a Soulmate. Soulmates are rare and not easy to find. Actually, we spend all our lives searching for Soulmates without even realizing it. Most of us quickly give up and stop believing that we would ever find one in our lifetime. In addition, I think any “thing” can have the potential to become a Soulmate. Obviously a person first comes to mind but a painting, a story, a song, a book, a city, a country, a pet, an object, an idea, a belief can all have the capacity to become a soulmate. With this current exhibition I want to create paintings that are close to being a soulmate by their own right. Paintings that talk to us through their perceived souls. Each painting will represent a different attribute of a soulmate.
Group exhibition "PA(F) NYC", 3-5 August 2012, New York, USA
Solo exhibition "Heartbeats", 26-28 April 2012 - Geneva, Switzerland
Heartbeats make us live, taste and feel life. Heartbeats are what make us go around and what make us tick. They are the starting and ending curtains of life. They are the essence of passion, compassion and love. Without heartbeats, life as we know it, simply does not exist. Life is full of heartbeats. Feel your heartbeats. Feel life. Life runs on heartbeats.
Group exhibition "Parallax", 16-18 February 2012 - London, UK
Solo exhibition "Stubborn", 3 November 2011 - Geneva, Switzerland
The biggest killer of all times, ignorance still persists. I call ignorance “not-knowing” and it has caused the death of millions and wiped out civilizations since time immemorial. “Not-knowing” is at the core of any individual problem as well. Ignorance or “not-knowing” causes big pain in people's lives. The consequences of “not-knowing” can be devastating and result in all sorts of loss; tangible or intangible. I believe that “knowledge is your currency and understanding is power”. And if you can act on your understanding then that is equal to designing a roadmap out of “not-knowing”. The mission of my first exhibition was to mobilize resources, as much as I can, to help get rid of this big killer. I know this is quite ambitious but I think life without ambition is not a life worth living anyway.