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Güven ZEYREK
 
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GUVEN ZEYREK
(1935, Ayvalik)

While still in school Zeyrek was first instructed in an by Adnan Turani. In 1957 he graduated from the Gazi Teacher Training Institute Department of Painting, and from 1957-87 he taught an and an history at the Izmir Ozel Turk Lisesi, a high school.

His first one-man show was in I960 at the French Cultural Center in Izmir, and since then he has held 27 others. In 1983 he joined the Akatiinvel An Group, representing it in Izmir and contributing to its exhibitions.

Man is at the heart of Zeyrek's painting, and he feels that by leaving a mark on the world man transcends the dichotomy of life and annihilation; that the will not to surrender to fate parallels aesthetic creativity. The foundation of wholeness is in stone, and therefore Zeyrek gives the texture of stone in his work, imparting to his figures a statuesque stolidity. His forms have an archaic nobility, as he believes that universality can be achieved only through an of the local, with recourse at times to traditional forms and techniques.