Born in: 1997, Turkey
Lives in: Istanbul, Turkey
Describe your art in three words: Memories, Spritual, Expression
Education: Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Bachelor's degree
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Awakening of Ishtar - Oil on canvas 162 x 113 cm $12,000

"My name is Berk Günay, and I'm a visual artist based in Istanbul. I received my Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. I've been drawn to creating my own world for as long as I can remember, and for me, art has always been the most suitable space to express my imagination and myself. It's a world where I can create my own reality beyond the reality I exist in."

What themes does your work involve?
My use of distorted memories in my art reflects the changes in my perception of time and space. My figures serve as manifestations of my emotions and feelings, conveyed through the flow of paint and color in my work. Through my art, I aim to explore the deeper meaning behind our emotions and feelings, and how they can be expressed and interpreted through the language of art.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process involves a lot of experimentation with new techniques and mediums. I like to challenge myself and push the boundaries of my art. I typically start with a general idea or concept, and then let the painting take its own path. I try to let go of control and allow the painting to evolve naturally.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My work is influenced by my memories, emotions, and feelings. I am inspired by nature, other artists, and the human condition. I make art because it allows me to express myself in a way that words cannot.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is subjective and can be interpreted in many ways. For me, great art is something that resonates with the viewer and evokes an emotional response. It can be technically impressive, but it's the emotional impact that makes a piece truly great.
What is the role of the artist today?
I believe the role of the artist is to create something that has the power to move people and make them feel something. Art has the ability to transcend language and cultural barriers, and can bring people together in a shared experience. As an artist, I hope to create work that inspires others and helps them connect with their own emotions and experiences.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist