Ali Zulfikar Dogan

Ali Zulfikar Dogan

Cologne, NRW , Germany

About Ali Zulfikar Dogan

ALI ZÜLFIKAR | biography | exhibitions | art projects

• Born 1970(1971) in Yavuzeli / Turkey
• 1989-95 Studies at the Firat University in Elazig by Prof. Memduh Kuzey and Cemal Arslan
• Members of the © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
• currently working as a freelance artist in Cologne

Quote from Dr. Stephanie Eckhardt

Ali Zülfikar was born in Turkey in 1971, he is a master. Not because of its numerous international exhibitions up to the USA, but mainly because of his portraits. These are masterpieces of this genre. The first view already let us think of of the masterpieces of Dürer and Leonardo. The traces in the faces are like storms that colors as a natural symphony. Zülfikar has chosen a difficult task to work with these kind of portraits. He developed a deep pictorial space on each face. Layer by layer, he works out the personality of the people trapped in the perspective and freely becoming simultaneously. So the portraits like arising out of itself. Clearly, this process is on the structural quality of his painting, which appears like a mysterious sphere. For example, his art depicting old people, the art of aging. The age of each person shows a distinguished face, tells of sadness, joy, anger, happiness and sorrow. Zülfikar reads in the faces, researched and analyzed them, gives us a view of their own future. Some portraits are genderless, it is hard to tell if it is a woman or a man. Ali Zülfikar seems to recognize the beauty of creation itself at the age of man. Thematically, it focuses on the people and creates a new image of him. It is characterized in the faces of the questions of life and the answer alike in: peace, silence, as it might only know the age. Sticking to age: In art, as in literature, the dignity of age is a subject to changes. Elderly people were highly valued in former times. In recent decades, however, the old were increasingly regarded as full members of our society.

Ali Zülfikar fights in his portraits apparently also against death by despite all wrinkles he opposes the old vigorous facial muscles. We see in the portraits no age in loneliness and pain, but faithful, graceful or honorable people. The old man again is a royal personality of our society, and frail elderly people we should meet with reverence and respect. Here the art helps, as well as the medicine, us to understand the society better regarding the aging life, that is free from high pressure of meritocracy. Zülfikar knows why that detailed physiological delineation of the outer shape brings the internal form expressed by putting the muscles and skin texture in relation to the nature of man. So he manages an anatomical clarity and forcefulness dimensional as it is today accomplished by virtually no other artist. Consider "Kobane", "King of Smile" and "Shaman": We see the heads of older men in profile and district profile. They are characterized by skin and muscles, marked by white hair and white beard, many folds, depressions and wrinkles. The eyeball awake, on the other hand that wrinkled skin seems to be heavy as lead. The look of his old people seems to invite the viewer to a silent communication. Light and dark contrasting almost dramatically and the shadows in Zülfikars portraits overcome definitively the masked reality of a human being. This is the true power of masterful portraits.


1989-95 studies at the firat university in elazig with prof. memduh kuzay, cemal arslan


11nd ART PRIZE // KUNSTVEREIN WESSELING // 01th SEPTEMBER 2018 // I have been informed by the organisers of „Kunstverein Wesseling“ that the jury has nominated me as “the 11nd ArtPrize”. The award ceremony was scheduled for 01th September 2018 at a gala event in the GALLERY im Schwingeler Hof in Wesseling.

Ali Zülfikar was born in 1971 in Milelis, Turkey. He studied at the Firat University in Elazig with the famous Turkish painter, Prof. Memduh Kuzay. Members of the @VG Bild-Kunst Bonn.

Ali Zülfikar's works have been admired for many years by many art lovers worldwide.

So far they have been shown in about 170 different international individual and group exhibitions and museums.

The masterful large-sized, detailed paintings of portraits on canvas and handmade paper as well as paintings with a traditional Turkish, plant-based woolen color (whose nature is a mystery and an invention of Zülfikar) characterize his high-caliber style. His observation and perception is woven into the canvas with his pencil with the precision of a surgeon in each of his portraits.

The artist succeeds even in the highest goal of every portraitist, to imitate and make visible the soul, the life of a human being, in a very special way. Above all, the portraits of elderly people in earth-colored tones develop under his hand an intensity and expressiveness that deeply touch the viewer.


The internationally successful artist Ali Zülfikar, born in Turkey lives and works in Cologne. His impressive, oversized faces show soul and depth. They demand absolute attention and leave a strong impression of humanity.

//FROM 25 TO 28 NOVEMBER 2016

1831 ART GALLERY // Paris , FRANCE
Stand Number :B06

Director :Jean-Louis Jean-louis Herlédan

Presented Artists :Christian DE WULF
Eberhard GRAMES
Aude Herlédan
Jochen Rolfes & Jürgen Weber
Ali Zülfikar

ST-ART is an annual commercial event reserved for modern and contemporary art galleries and art publishers from many countries. The objective of ST-ART is to promote modern and contemporary art and enable the sale of modern and contemporary artworks.


The internationally successful artist Ali Zülfikar, born in Turkey lives and works in Cologne / Remagen. His impressive, oversized faces show soul and depth. They demand absolute attention and leave a strong impression of humanity.

VERNISSAGE: Friday, April 30, 2015 18:00 o’clock.
Laudation: Franz N. Kröger, Art Historian. She studied Philosophy and Phsychologie and has repeatedly written and spoken about the artist. We are looking forward to her introduction in Ali Zülfikars art.

The exhibition is to be seen until Saturday 12 July 2016 .

Opening times : Monday to Saturday 14:00 bis 20:00 o’clock


Die Galerie Zeugma präsentiert Ihnen die Künstler Ali Zülfikar und Hans-Joachim Müller auf der Berliner Liste 2015.

The BERLINER LISTE is a satellite of the Berlin Art Week, presenting emerging artists and galleries whose work is (still) at affordable prices.

112 exhibitors from 24 countries presented their work to nearly 11,000 collectors, art lovers and fans at the BERLINER LISTE 2014.

September 17th to 20th, 2015 | Kraftwerk Berlin | Köpenicker Straße 70, 10179 Berlin


he has attended more than 170 exhibitions in museums, art galleries and art fair

Exhibitions (solo)
Galerie Arp Hanau | Kunstverein Duisburg | Hunstenkunst 2019 | Kunstverein offenbach 2019 | Emschertal-Museum-Herne 2017 | Galley Art Publischer Partisan 2017 | Gallery Art Monopol Salzburg 2017 | Huntenkunst 2017 | SVETA Art Gallery in Frankfurt 2016 | Kölner Liste - contemporary artfair 2016 | Kunststiftung Huntenkunst 2016 | Kunsthalle Kühlungsborn 2016 | Kunstverein Offenbach 2015 | Huntenkunst 2015 Ulft | Berliner Liste 2015 | Stadtgalerie Weisser Turm Ahrweiler 2015 | Galerie Orangerie Heiligendam 2015 | Kunsthaus Rheinlicht in Remagen 2014 | Cologne paper Art 2014 | Galerie Kunsthaus Schöne in Andernach 2013 | cutlog artfair Paris 2013 | Galerie 10er Gmünden 2013| Galerie Zeugma Cologne | Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cologne 2013 | arte Arezzo 2013 | Galerie Zeugma Cologne 2012 | affordable contemporary art Hamburg 2012 | paralax London 2012 | gallery artist meeting Eesdron 2011 | one artist show artfair NRW in Duisburg 2010 | one artist show art Iinnsbruck 2008 | arttower Berlin 2009 | one artist show ARWI 2009 | gallery Hördeburg – Dortmund | art esplanade 2008 – Dortmund | fzkke art association in Euskirchen 2008 | Puerto Rico - USA | Galerie Kulturpunkt Wipperfürth | city gallery in Frechen 2008 | one artist show Hörderburg Museum Dortmund | one artist show african art gallery Cologne 2007 | one artist show artfair Graz 2006 | Galerie Zeugma Cologne 2006 | Galerie Werkstatt Cologne 2006 | BIPI’s culture gallery in Cologne 2004 | one artist show art and exhibitionhall Münsterland - Münster 2004 | Galerie Kulturpunkt Wipperfürth 2003 | museum project Hördeburg– Dortmund 2003 |

Exhibitions (groups)
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 |