Born in 1988, Mert Ozgen graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Painting Department, Nese Erdok and Nedret Sekban Studio in 2010. In the years 2008 and 2009, he studied in Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, in Italy as an Erasmus student. He graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University with a Master`s degree in Cultural Studies in 2016 writing his thesis “Underneath The Skin: The Wound Through The Psychoanalytic Theory” that studies the connotative meaning of the corporal wound in the context of psychoanalytic theory through the Christian iconography.
His work draws inspiration from the endless beauty described in classic literature. Conveying the emotional depth of the portrait through his use of Italian Renaissance-influenced technique, he aims to criticize the despotism of beauty and cosmetics with the use of wounds and stitches painted on the smooth skin. His paintings represent the beautiful suicide of the current idea of superficial beauty that captures the eye.
Ozgen regularly participates in leading art fairs in Turkey and abroad and sold out his solo shows. Critics and leading art magazines refer to him as one of the most skilled young emerging artists in Turkey.
Ozgen currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, USA.
2018 "Award of Excellence" - Conception Arts, Los Angeles, USA
2014 "No5" - Galeri/Miz, Istanbul, TR
2013 "Ten/Flesh" - Galeri/Miz, Istanbul, TR
Attended Fairs / Joint Exhibitions
2018 Conception Arts - Los Angeles, USA
2017 Pancake & Booze Art Show - Los Angeles, USA
2017 UNICEF Next Generation - Atlanta, USA
2017 Chocolate and Art Show - Atlanta, USA
2017 Pancake & Booze Art Show - Atlanta, USA
2015 Contemporary Istanbul - Istanbul, TR
2015 Artist 25th Art Fair TÜYAP - Istanbul, TR
2015 Exposition Héroine Lyceé St. Joseph - Istanbul, TR
2015 Yaz Sergisi - Harmony Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, TR
2014 Contemporary Istanbul - Istanbul, TR
2014 Artist 24th Art Fair TÜYAP - Istanbul, TR
2013 Artist 23th Art Fair TÜYAP - Istanbul, TR
2010 İpek-Ahmet Merey Painting Competition Ex. - Istanbul, TR
2009 Artist 19th Art Fair TÜYAP - Istanbul, TR
2009 Mostra International Transito - Accademia di Bella Arti di Bologna, IT
2008 Turkish Heart Foundation 20th Painting Competition – Istanbul, TR