Born in Ankara, Turkey, 1955; RC-Robert College, Istanbul, 1973; Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, 1977.

Moved to NY in 1980; MA-1983, MFA-1984, Painting, State University of New York, Albany.

Studied with a diverse group of artists including Angelo Ippolito, Mark Greenwold, Richard Callner, and Thom O'Connor.

Initial exhibition in New York City: White Columns, 1986, curated by director Bill Arning

Bill Arning also authored the monograph Serdar Arat: 1983-1998   

Exhibitions in New York City, at the Bronx Museum, M-13-Howard Scott, Hal Katzen Gallery, Art In General, Alternative Museum, Monique Goldstrom Gallery, Kouros Gallery and others.

Exhibitions in Turkey, at Galeri Nev-Istanbul and Ankara, AKM Galleries, and others.

REPRESENTED BY: Galeri Nev-Istanbul, since 1990.


Semih Fırıncıoğlu, director and dramaturg images for the set design of G. Büchner’s Danton's Death, State Theatre of Turkey, Istanbul, 1990-1991.

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John Patitucci, jazz master and composer original music for viola and piano, based on the painting Gardens and Pools-I, premiered by violist Lawrence Dutton  of the Emerson String Quartet, May 6, 2005, Sommer Center, Concordia College-New York. 2005.

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Ken Calhoun, film-maker, writer, prof. of graphic design documentary film, These Paintings Cast Shadows: A Conversation With Serdar Arat follows the process of the painting Visitation at Night. 2015.


Books, articles, reviews, and other publications include more than thirty individual and group catalogs and books, as many newspaper articles and reviews including several The New York Times articles and many other publications in the U.S. and Turkey.

Included in many private and public collections mainly in Turkey and United States, and elsewhere.



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



Body & Soul: From Exploration to Expression, curated by Serdar Arat

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