Born in Ankara, Turkey, 1955; Graduated from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, 1977; Moved to NY in 1980; Received M.A. in 1983, and M.F.A. in 1984, in Painting, from Albany University-SUNY; Studied with artists of diverse styles as Angelo Ippolito, Mark Greenwold, Richard Callner, and Thom O'Connor.

Initial exhibition in New York City, at White Columns, 1986, curated by director Bill Arning https://whitecolumns.org/exhibitions/white-room-serdar-arat/ ; Arning also authored the monograph Serdar Arat: 1983-1998, published by Galeri Nev-Istanbul in 1998.
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Exhibitions in New York City followed at Art In General, Alternative Museum, Bronx Museum,
M-13-Howard Scott, Hal Katzen, Monique Goldstrom, and Kouros Gallery  https://kourosgallery.com/sculptures/serdar-arat/ among others; in Chicago at Gallery 1756; in Turkey at Galeri Nev-Istanbul and Ankara.
List of Selected Exhibitions:     https://www.serdararat.com/-/exhibitions 

Represented by Galeri Nev-Istanbul since 1990.
https://www.galerinevistanbul.com/artists/50-serdar-arat/works/



In the first of two collaborations with director Semih Fırıncıoğlu https://performansfikri.com  created the projected images used in the set design for G. Büchner’s Danton's Death, staged at the State Theatre of Turkey in Istanbul, 1990-91 - Image above.
 

In 2005 jazz master John Patitucci http://www.johnpatitucci.com/ composed original music for viola and piano, based on the painting Gardens and Pools-I, 1993; premiered by violist Lawrence Dutton http://www.emersonquartet.com/artist.php?view=bio&bid=142 of the Emerson String Quartet, May 6, 2005, Sommer Center, Concordia College-New York - Image above.

In 2013, the writer and film-maker Prof. Ken Calhoun created a short documentary entitled:
These Paintings Cast Shadows: A Conversation With Serdar Arat  http://vimeo.com/60057267  focusing on the creative process in general, and the progress of the painting Visitation at Night, 2012 more specifically. 




Included in more than thirty individual and group catalogs and books, and as many newspaper articles and reviews, including the following in The New York Times:
Selected Bibliography:     https://www.serdararat.com/-/bibliography

Selected Full Texts:     https://serdararat.com/articles 


 

Included in many private and public collections mainly in Turkey and in the United States.
 
Selected Public and Corporate Collections: https://serdararat.com/-/selected-collections?selectedLang=1

Awards and grants:
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 1992
         http://www.pkf-imagecollection.org/artist/Serdar_Arat/works/list/
Painting Award, 4th Asian-European Biennial, Ankara, 1992
Painting Award, Woodstock School of Art National Painting Exhibition, 1984
 



Lectures and Presentations:     https://serdararat.com/-/presentations-lectures-panels
Lectures at the intersection of art and political ideologies, war, fakes and forgeries, the art market, looted art, Islamic art, creative identity, and creative process, among others.

 TEDx Talk, The Basket Case - Art and Memory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvUKxHSjTHE 



Teaching:      https://serdararat.com/-/teaching

Prof. Emeritus of Art, Concordia College-New York (1993-2017);
Diane Heath Beever ’49 Prof. of Art at Lasell College, MA (2010-2011);
Lyme College of Art (2017-2018), among others.
 
 

Director-Curator, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College-New York (1994 - 2008).