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Sedef Gali - Artist & Creative Consultant

“If there's one thing every city shares, it's constant change. Yet as change breeds novelty, novelty breeds seclusion. Do any of us belong—in our cities, our bodies, our minds? Or are we all just outsiders looking in? These are the stuff of private conversations—conversations with a loved one, with a friend, with the self.”

Sedef Gali is an artist, designer and creative consultant born in Istanbul in 1990. Gali graduated from Pratt Institute,  a leading art and design university in New York, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. There, she studied interior Design and painting. Her international academic background is supported with the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Art & Design diploma from Central St. Martins in London. She is a multi-faceted artist based in Istanbul and New York.

 

Due to her upbringing in cities with clashing cultures, Gali researches different socio-cultural eras, cultural contrasts, suppressed emotions, and emotional layers through social experiences. Her work is a celebration for the colorful and chaotic grime in metropolitan cities and how it is reflected upon society through the use of colors. 

Gali's primary artistic technique is oil on canvas, but every work includes medium tricks and illusions supported with food dye, nail polish, oil based mediums, alcohol and self-made powdered pigments. 

 

Gali explains her work as "sugar coated chaos". The main subjects of her work consist of suppressed emotions, lust, sexism, gender issues, self love, and accumulation of emotions masked and frowned upon by our cultural surroundings and society. Gali has had multiple exhibitions, live art performances, brand collaborations and pop-up shows between Istanbul and New York, including Cemberlitas Basin Museum, Hole Gallery, St Tropez Fine Arts, Contemporary Istanbul, Manhattan Center, and W New York - Times Square.

Education 

2009 - 2014

Pratt Institute - BFA

Interior Design & Fine Arts

2007 - 2007

Central St. Martins - UAL

Art & Design Diploma Program

2004-2009

The Koc School - International Baccalaureate

IB Art Diploma

Group Exhibitions

2021

Selected Works,  Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul

2021

Selected Works,  Art Contact, Contemporary Art Fair, Represented by Istanbul Besiktas Municipality

2018

2018

2016

"Istanbul Gazinosu", Raw Pop-Up, Miami Art Week

"Sky Up" Lighting Installation, Istanbul Design Week

Selected Works, M.A.D Gallery, New York

2015

2014

2009

Selected Works, The Hole Gallery, New York

Selected Works, Pratt Show, Manhattan Center

Selected Works, Cemberlitas Museum, Istanbul

Solo Exhibitions

2023

"Fragile Words", Turkish Consulate, New York

2023

2023

2021

Selected Works, W Hotel New York - Times Square

"Fragile Words/Love Letters", ArtHouse by Sedef Gali, New York

"Sentimental Wonderland Troupe", ArtHouse by Sedef Gali, Istanbul

2020

"Sentimental Wonderland Troupe", Online Exhibition, Artsy

2018

"Istanbul Gazinosu", Contemporary Istanbul Week, Soho House Istanbul

2017

"Artland", Setup Kabatas

2016

Solo Exhibition, Bagatelle New York

2016

Pop-Up Solo Exhibition, Lucca Istanbul

2015

All That Glitters, Subrosa, New York

2014

Solo Exhibition, Diviera Drive, Brooklyn

2014

Solo Exhibition-Live Painting Show, Bowery Hotel, New York

2013

"In Colors", Lucca Istanbul

2011

Pop!, Lucca Istanbul

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