Taner Ceylan
Turkish, born 1967
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
REALLY? Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody,
Wilding Cran Gallery
Taner Ceylan: We Now Must Say Goodbye,
Paul Kasmin Gallery
Taner Ceylan: The Lost Paintings Series,
Paul Kasmin Gallery

Taner Ceylan, who grew up in Germany before moving to Istanbul as a teenager, subverts the aesthetics of orientalism that were developed by Western artists such as Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, creating politically engaged pieces that deal predominantly with sexuality in contemporary Turkey. Instead of depicting nude women in harems or luxuriating hookah-smokers, Ceylan paints hyperrealistic scenes marked by homoeroticism, violence, or both. Ceylan is active in anti-government protests and is inspired by the explicit, confrontational photography of Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorpe. “You cannot separate the Ottoman war from the Ottoman beauty. . . . If you want to reach something beautiful, you must go through hell,” he has said.