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Emre Karaoğlu is a fresh, young Turkish artist whose presence in the art scene is on the rise. His paintings include

themes of social realism as well as comprehensive, boldly colorful portraits of modern-day life.

Colorful Portraits of Modern-Day Street Life

In his daily life, Karaoğlu is always accompanied by his sketchbook. He can be seen sketching in the streets,

corners, and cafes as well as on the streetcars and buses. From his sketches, he is able to capture the life of buskers

on the streets, musicians in smoky back-alley clubs, bustling cafes, and quiet moments of pensive retreat. These

sketches are then transformed into paintings of poetic representations interpreted by the artist’s altruistic view. In this

way, Karaoğlu records the present condition of life in the city by extracting and selecting powerful images that speak

to him and the human condition.

When looking closely, one can see his paintings and sketches are composed of vibrant, rhythmic movements, with a

color scale that is balanced in both excitement and curiosity. This harmonious and exuberant rhythm of the image,

with its layered internality, is perhaps that which first attracts our attention. It is from this first glance that we are drawn into the inner world of the observer and are able to reflect and feel the tender emotions that connect us all.


Emre was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1992.

2015 Studied at Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary

2016 Graduated from Marmara University in Econometrics in Turkey

2016 Entered Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Sculpture in Turkey

2021 Moved to New Orleans from Istanbul

The artist is working in his studio in New Orleans, Louisiana



2023 Faces Around Us, Sullivan Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2022 Miniature Art Exhibition, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA

2022 99 Years of the Turkish Republic Day, Trakya University Faculty of Fine Arts, Turkey

2022 The State of the Art: Record Zine Project from LSU Museum of Art, LA

2022 Faces&Traces, Kadikoy Mag, Luna Grande Gallery Istanbul, Turkey

2022 The Rhythm Of The Street, Carafe İstanbul, Turkey

2022 Natural States, Madame Vic’s, New Orleans, LA

2021 Art of the Black Experience, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

2021 Exhibition For World Art Day with UNESCO, Istanbul, Turkey

2021 Exlibris Exhibition for Turkish National Anthem, CKSM, Istanbul, Turkey

2021 Exhibition For International Women’s Day, Dokumapark Modern Sanatlar Galerisi,Turkey

2020 Exhibition for Turkish Republic Day, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey

2020 Taksim Sanat Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2020 Akademililer Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2019 UPSD Genç Etkinlik 8, MKM Beşiktaş Çağdaş, İstanbul, Turkey

2019 100 Artists 100 Portraits, CKSM, İstanbul, Turkey

2018 Akademililer Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2016 Akademililer Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2016 Bindali Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2016 Akademililer Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey

2015 Akademililer Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey


2020 ARTANKARA / 6th Contemporary Art Fair, Ankara, Turkey

2018 ARTIST / Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey


2016 Bodrum Art Suites Gallery-Workshop, Turkey

2013 Portakal Çiceği International Plastic Arts Colony-Workshop, Turkey


Ashé Cultural Arts Center 'Art of the Black Experience' My artwork has been selected to become part of the City

of New Orleans Percent for Art Collection.

LSU Museum of Art ‘The State of the Art' Two of my paintings were selected as a part of the State of the Art:

Record Zine Project at LSU Museum of Art | Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA

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