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Server Demirtaş


Born in 1957 in Istanbul, Server Demirtaş entered State Academy of Fine Arts Department of Painting in 1977. Receiving the education in the atelier of Devrim Erbil at the Academy, which would subsequently be named as Mimar Sinan University, after graduating the artist has conducted joint works with Adnan Çoker. The three dimensional placements that Demirtaş, who has sought the possibilities of the third dimension in the works he has conducted both throughout his education as well as in the aftermath and who has always positioned himself as a sculptor despite having graduated from the Department of Painting, has created in his early career from layers of PVC coated newspapers, are pioneer and highly appraised works of the time. Having received the Accomplishment Award in the “New Trends Exhibition” held by Mimar Sinan University in 1987 which was the most innovative contemporary art exhibition of that time, the artist has received the Painting & Sculpture Museum Jury Award in 1989 in “Today’s Artists Istanbul Exhibition”, which is another important exhibition.

Demirtaş’s innovative sense of art, which constantly seeks variation, has initiated the period of moving sculptures he has created by combining various machine parts in 1997. The mechanical sculptures of the artist, who has not received any engineering education, which requires a long process, are important samples of kinetic sculpture in Turkey. 

While certain human emotions not caught and gradually more mechanized in the speed of the daily life are conveyed to the viewers with an impressive reality in Demirtaş’s sculptures by virtually being taken into slow motion, they also display the ongoing relationship between “the artist and creativity” since the legend of Pygmalion, who wanted to give life to his sculpture.