Sait Mingü

Sait Mingü

Istanbul, Sisli, Turkey

About Sait Mingü

I am a contemporary, expressionist figurative award winning artist (Royal Academy of London, Hugh Casson Drawing Award, 2014)working in acrylics, ecoline and lately in digital. By combining handmade drawings and paintings with possibilities offered by technology, I blend illustrative elements with conventional painting and works on paper, thus creating an effective language of my own through my use of traditional techniques and new media. Intertwining expressionist elements –which have become more prominent in my most recent works– and quasi-fictional narrative images, I create works which establish an intense perceptional connection with the audience. Ranging from optimistic to bleak, these works are impressive visual designs with their use of colors and their dynamic linear compositions, and they radiate a graceful and poetic sensibility.

I create large-scale painting portraits that are both vibrant and full of contrast inspired by observing different types of people thriving together. Human faces often work like triggers for me, launching the imagination and the process of producing art. Whether I paint the human body or portraits, It’s a combination of conflicting and complementary internal movements; excitement, anxiety, pleasure, vertigo, attraction, doubt and acceleration. 

The fusion of color is, perhaps, the best attribute to characterize my paintings. Bright colors within the entire palette, high contrast, and seemingly chaotic mixture of multiple layers, which in the final result create the ultimate harmony of the human spirit.

Education

Graduated from the Faculty of Painting // Mimar Sinan University // Istanbul, 2001

Exhibitions

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
Mekan68 // Vienna, Austria // 2017 // Solo Show called “Unpredictable Snapshots”
Mana Contemporary // NJ, USA // 2017 // Group Show called “The Dialogues I”
Alan Istanbul // Istanbul, 2016 // Solo Show called “Living Creatures”
Alan Istanbul // Istanbul, 2016 // Group Show called “A Season in Hell”
Monolith Gallery // Istanbul, 2015 // Solo Show called “Mono”
Etienne de Causans // Paris, France // 2014 // Solo Show called “Fictional Identity”
Royal Academy of London // UK, 2014 // Group Show called “Summer Exhibition”
SALT Galata // Istanbul, Turkey // 2014 // Animation Project for “Dismantling The Archive”
Time Out Istanbul // Istanbul, Turkey // 2013 // Solo Show called “Abstract Reality”
Armaggan Art Gallery // Istanbul // Turkey // 2012 // Group Show called “Art 7/24”
Mim Art Gallery // Istanbul // Turkey // 2012 // Solo Show called “LIQUID EXPRESSIONS”
Armaggan Art Gallery // Istanbul // Turkey // 2012 // Group Show called “ONE”
X-IST // Istanbul // Turkey // 2009 // Solo Show called “NERVOUS BREAKDOWN”
X-IST // Istanbul // Turkey // 2008 // Solo Show called “DNIWER”
Kırmızı Ardıç Kuşu // Izmir // Turkey // 2007 // Solo Show called “Debut”

ART FAIRS
Scope Miami Beach // Miami // USA // 2019
The Other Art Fair Dallas // Dallas // USA // 2019
The Other Art Fair London // London // UK // 2019
ArtExpo New York // New York // USA // 2019
Contemporary Istanbul // Istanbul // Turkey // 2017
Contemporary Istanbul // Istanbul // Turkey // 2016
Contemporary Istanbul // Istanbul // Turkey // 2009


AWARDS
Royal Academy of London // Hugh Casson Drawing Award // 2014

COLLABORATIONS
The Hub Dental Practice // Buckinghamshire // UK // 2017
Baristiran Holding Company // Istanbul // Turkey // 2016
D-Hotel Maris Villas // Marmaris // Turkey // 2014
D-Hotel Maris // Marmaris // Turkey // 2012
Moody Cafe // Vienna // Austria // 2009
Shima Restaurant // Istanbul // Turkey // 2008