The artist defines herself through her works at a point “where the material meets the non-material” as she puts it.

 

"…Her works preserve a deep historical – cultural background, all the connotations and stress of the present, and an endless inference and peace for the future. 

 

Themes varying from human life to the secrets and chaos of the nature transform into peace with endless connotations 

of a work which has its own freedom;

solid, deep, self confident, like a dervish whispering profound thoughts." 

Yüksel Aksu

Nilhan Sesalan whose works are in numerous collections, parks and museums around the world can be regarded as the representative of lyrical abstraction. The artist who also contributes to life with her designs and writings says in a poem:

“I love my thoughts,

the process in which they make me believe… 

when I am convinced they will not leave me

I transfer them to a material and I say ‘done’.

With that energy, I can hold

my breath longer

and find power for life.”

b.1968 / Istanbul, Turkey

Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1996  Master of Art Degree, Mimar Sinan University

Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture, Istanbul, Turkey

1991  BA, Mimar Sinan University Faculty of Fine Arts,

Department of Sculpture, Istanbul, Turkey

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2017  Midnight in Istanbul, Art On İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2016  Atelier, Uniq Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2013  Full of Words II, Narart Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 

2010  Full of Words, Galatea Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 

2008  Sweet Dreams, Dolmabahçe Palace Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 

2005  Polen Age, Artisan Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2004  Leaf Trees, Elne, France

1998  Visual Centre, Oulu, Finland

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2018  99 Square, Arton Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2016  Biennale Arte Dolomiti, Italy

2014  Small is Beautiful, KUAD Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 

2012  Terrace Exhibitions, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey

2009  Classic, Daire Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1998  Women’s Library, Istanbul, Turkey 

1997  Elhamra Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

1997  The Other, Contemporary arts exhibition, Antrepo, Istanbul, Turkey

1991  Group Exhibition, Kassel, Germany

 

ART FAIR PARTICIPATION

 

2018  Istanbul Art Fair,Asfalt Art Gallery,Istanbul,Turkey.

2018  Contemporary Istanbul, Art On Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2017  Contemporary İstanbul, Art On İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2016  Contemporary İstanbul, Art On İstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2015  Contemporary Istanbul, Kuad Gallery,Istanbul, Turkey

 

MONUMENT

 

2018 Monument for Homeland, stone and bronze, Bursa, Turkey

2018 Monument for Migration, stone and bronze, Bursa,Turkey

 

SYMPOSIUMS

 

2018 International wood sculpture Symposium Izmit, Turkey.

2017 International Wood Sculpture Black Forest, Germany.

2017 Land of Sculptors, Nicosia , Cyprus.

2016  Korca Sculpture Park, Albania

2015  International Marble Sculpture Symposium,Marmara Island, Balıkesir.

2012  I. International The Spirit of Balkan’s Stone Sculpture Symposium, Turkey

2011  Çumra-Çatalhöyük Stone Sculpture Symposium, (Art Director), Turkey

2011  Bandırma International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Turkey

2010  Vadodara International Bronze Sculpture Symposium, India

2009  Unquillo International Wood Sculpture Symposium, Cordoba, Argentina

2008  1st Didyma International Stone Sculpture Symposium, (Art Director), Turkey

2007  Hereke International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Hereke, Turkey

2007  Istanbul Technical University, Stone Sculpture Symposium, Turkey

2006  European Bridges Sculpture Workshop/Bucharest, Romania

2006  Ankara International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Turkey

2002  Mersin International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Turkey

2002  Maltepe. International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Turkey

1999  Samothrace International Plastic Arts Symposium, Greece

1998  Fujino, International Plastic Arts Symposium, Japan

1996  Bothnia Ice Cape-International Ice Sculpture Symposium, Oulu, Finland