Biography

Placing herself at the centre of her creations, Semiha Berksoy did not separate life and art. She painted her passion, love and pain—extensions of her unique personality—in a linear manner, both simple and ironic.

Berksoy’s work has been presented in several solo exhibitions, including Semiha Berksoy with Love, O’Art (in collaboration with Galerist and Odeabank), Istanbul (2017); Wall of Hallucination, Galerist, Istanbul (2014); I Lived on Art, I Lived on Love, Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Gallery, Istanbul (2010); Retrospective, İş Sanat Kibele Sanat Gallery, Istanbul (2003); Semiha Berksoy, Viyana Tanzquartier, Vienna (2003); Zeitwenden-Outlook into the Next Millennium, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2000); Semiha Berksoy, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul (1992) and Semiha Berksoy, Atatürk Cultural Central, Istanbul (1982). Among her group exhibitions are Plurivocality, Istanbul Modern (2014); Past and Future, Istanbul Modern (2013); 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); Always a Little Further, 51st Venice Biennale (2005); Manifesta II, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Luxembourg (1998) and Semiha B. Unplugged, 5th Istanbul Biennial (1997). Her work is part of the collections of the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Vehbi Koc Vakfi Foundation, Istanbul; Istanbul Modern and Museum of Painting & Sculpture, Istanbul.

In addition to her work in the visual arts, she was also an actor and opera singer who was awarded the titles ‘World Class Opera Singer’, ‘Primadonna’ and ‘State Artist’. She studied at the Namık Ismail Workshop, Academy of Fine Arts, Istanbul; Darülbedayi Drama School, Istanbul (founded by Muhsin Ertuğrul); and Berlin State Music Academy.

She was born in 1910 is Istanbul, where she lived and worked until her passing in 2004.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 14

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