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(1946, Istanbul)


Exhibitions: His first major exhibition was in Münich, Germany in 1985, followed by 20 personal major exhibitions and dozens of group exhibitions.


Collections: His paintings are in several collections in Austria, Australia, Germany, France, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Turkmenistan and USA.


Museums: Two of his paintings are in Museums. One, in Press Museum in İstanbul, the other in Contemporary Art Museum(Çağdaş Sanat Müzesi) in Edirne, Turkey


Akif Poroy is painting since the 1960s and is a member of the Turkish Artists Association since 1987.


In the 1960s he was painting mostly in surrealistic style. Since 1070s he has been influenced mostly by the New York school of abstract expressionism and by informel abstraction in Europe. Living in Germany in 1970s and 1980s he had the opportunity to follow tle modern German, Dutch and European painting.


Publications: A biography book published in 2007, an other book about his painting planned to be published in 2008 in Turkish and in English




Each person has a characteristic that distinguishes him from another. When creativity, the development of which is inherited in one's nature, intensifies and takes shape, it becomes a part of art.

Art mirrors beauty and he who produces the images is the artist. The works of the artist who conveys his abstract art philosophy and the colorfulness of his inner world to his designs with his palette have the emphasis of the reflection of freedom of is feelings and thoughts. Akif Poroy combines the dynamism of the life with the reason for existence. Adopting a humanistic approach, he uses the figure as an active element and completes his combinations with a colorful representation dominated by thick brush strokes.

We would like to congratulate Dr. Akif Poroy for reaching the heights in both his professions.


President of the Artists' Association

Akif Poroy's Paintings:


Art means of expressing oneself attained more importance in the 20 th century. Expressions and expressionism became more defined in different movements. Expressionism, abstract expressionism and neo-expressionism can basically be considered as the changing and exaggeration of form and color to emphasize feeling.

It can be said that Akif Poroy, who has been painting since the 1960s, has increasingly favored the neo-expressionist style and has been influenced by this European movement of the 1970s. In fact expressionism is the approach of the artist whose pictures range from surrealism, which illustrate his subconscious desires, to Ottoman Calligraphy. According to the artist, painting is a form of meditation. Akif Poroy's main aim is to stimulate the observer's emotions and arrive at the concept of beauty by expressing onr's emotions and inner thoughts.

Nature itself and in particular the fecundity of man, the sexuality of Akif Poroy's art embraces the physıologıcal side of man as much as his psychological and emotional state. The miracle he has witnessed propels him towards art and influences his way of art. In fact his medikal identity is also present in this creative process. He insists on exhibiting the family, woman and the power of giving birth in his paintings. He composes even the abstract order of traditional calligraphic art against an expressionist backdrop. It is a combination of expressing his enthusiasm. This very same enthusiasm, expressed through color rather than academic visual descriptions, is responsible for making Akif Poroy's work distinctive.

In his own words, Akif Poroy aims to express himself with strokes and colors, generally without looking at the nature and not at the objects but freely, with his own aesthetic ideas of thoughts and emotions.

His goal is to create a work of art by producing ideas rather than to produce a work of art.

Professor Dr. Tomur ATAGÖK

The Fine Arts Faculty

Yıldız Üniversity İSTANBUL