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Born in Ankara, Turkey, graduated from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul in 1977.
Moved to New York in 1980, received M.A., 1983, and M.F.A., 1984, in Painting, at Albany University-SUNY.
Studied with and mentored by artists with diverse styles and strengths as Angelo Ippolito, Greenwold ttp:// Callner, and Thom O’Connor

First exhibition in New York City was at White Columns in 1986 curated by director Bill Arning , who also wrote the text  for the book Serdar Arat: 1983-1998, published by Galeri Nev-Istanbul in 1998.
Exhibitions in New York City continued at Art In General, Alternative Museum, Bronx Museum,
M-13-Howard Scott, Hal Katzen, Monique Goldstrom, and Kouros Gallery
as well as Gallery 1756, Chicago, among others.

Since 1990, regularly exhibited, published, and represented by:
Galeri Nev-Istanbul
Galeri Nev-Ankara
List of Exhibitions:

In the first of two collaborations with director Semih Fırıncıoğlu , created the images for the set design for G. Büchner’s Danton's Death which was staged at the State Theatre of Turkey in Istanbul. In the second one, helped create the set design of a production of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own, which was staged at Tiyatro Kare, in Istanbul, in 1993-94.

In 2005 classical and jazz musician John Patitucci composed original music for viola and piano, based on Serdar Arat's painting Gardens and Pools-I, 1993. This composition was premiered by violist Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, on May 6, 2005, at Sommer Center of Concordia College-New York.

In 2013, the writer and film-maker Prof. Ken Calhoun created a short documentary entitled:
These Paintings Cast Shadows: A Conversation With Serdar Arat  focusing on the creative process in general, and the progress of Serdar Arat's painting Visitation at Night, 2012 more specifically. 

Included in more than thirty individual and group catalogs and books, as many newspaper articles and reviews, including several articles/reviews in The New York Times:

In 1998, the book entitled To Cast Shadows: Serdar Arat 1983-98 was published by Galeri Nev-Istanbul, text by curator, director, and art critic Bill Arning:


Selected Full Texts:

Included in many private and public collections mainly in Turkey and in the United States.
Selected Public and Corporate Collections:

Received the following awards and grants:
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 1992
Painting Award, 4th Asian-European Biennial, Ankara, 1992
Painting Award, Woodstock School of Art National Painting Exhibition, 1984


From 1994 to 2008 served as the Director-Curator of Concordia College’s OSilas Art Gallery, helping develop it into a major exhibition and education center in lower Westchester. 
Body & Soul 
Gallery Directing/Curating:

Since 1985 teaching various courses including studio art, art and architecture survey, and gallery, among others, as Prof. of Art at Concordia College-New York, 1993-2017; as the Diane Heath Beever ’49 Prof. of Art at Lasell College, MA, 2010-2011, among others.

Interest in interdisciplinary work led to organizing and delivering collaborative and individual public lectures on the intersection of art and political ideologies, war, identity, and creative process, among others.

 TEDx Talk, The Basket Case: Art and Memory: 

Lectures and Presentations: