Melikshah Soyturk – topographic painter
Melikshah Soyturk is a contemporary Turkish topographic painter. Despite his young age, he has already opened eleven exhibitions in different countries such as Turkey, USA, Kyrgyzstan and Germany. Among his contemporaries, he attracts audiences with the personality and naturalness of his paintings, using only black pencil. According to him, art should help people get closer to God, and paintings should encourage society to live in kindness and faith. Soyturk creates works that are not only aesthetically valuable, but also can be used as a successful source for exploring the history of Turkey and Istanbul.
He was born on 18 November 1984 in Kastamonu. In his early childhood, he began to show a talent for drawing. Shortly before leaving school, Soyturk came up with the idea to represent Turkey and its history. He was 16 years old when his first exhibition in Kastamonu was opened. Later, the painter entered the Kocaeli University, where he received a specialization as a teacher of natural sciences.
Despite the fact that he was a brilliant student and had many job offers, Soyturk decided to listen to the heart and so he continued to improve his drawing skills.
After his first exhibition, which is believed to be the first step towards the success, he continued to open exhibitions and create paintings with his special style. He gave a lecture presentation on Turkish culture at Kastamonu University and was still busy teaching giving lectures, conferences and lessons in various cities in Turkey. He also plans to write books on art that could be used as a guide for anyone intending to acquire drawing skills.
In August 2011, Melikshah set Turkey’s record by pulling the longest canvas in the country’s history. His latest painting, Istanbul of My Dreams (Turkish: Istanbul Hayalimdeki), is 3.5 meters long and show the world-famous sites of Istanbul.
Soyturk, staging eleven exhibitions at home country and abroad, continues to introduce and represent his country with his art.