Burhan Cahit Doğançay was born in Istanbul in 1929 and educated in both law and art in Paris. He has lived in New York for over forty years. He is primarily known for a body of work that grew out of his fascination with urban walls, which have a special meaning to him. Walls serve as a testament to the passage of time, reflecting social, political and economic change. They also bear witness to the assault of the elements and to the markings left by people.
No other artist has explored urban walls with the same passion and intensity as Doğançay. In addition to painting, his major life achievement has been to relate art to a deeper understanding of humanity. By photographing urban walls of the world, he assembled a unique archive of some 40,000 slides of walls in over 100 countries during the past three decades.
Doğançay is the recipient of numerous awards. Most notable is the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in 1995 by the president of the Republic of Turkey. His work appears in numerous publications, the most recent one Urban Walls with text by Brandon Taylor (Hudson Hills Press, 2008) having been awarded a Gold medal by the IAPHC.
Exhibited worldwide, Doğançay’s work is represented in prominent museum and corporate collections around the world.
He divides his time between New York, and Istanbul, Turkey, where the Doğançay Museum (Turkey’s first private modern art museum: www.dogancaymuseum.org) was inaugurated in 2004. He recently established a studio in the southwest of Turkey, Turgutreis.
Some selected examples (please click on pictures to enlarge):