Esma Paçal Turam was born in Istanbul in 1963. She graduated from the Sculpture Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University in 1987. She then started working as an assistant in the same department. In 1990 she attended the Department of Arts at Minnesota University as a visiting artist and worked on bronze molding. In 1994 she received a scholarship by the Austrian Government and studied paper sculpture at Prof. Andreas von Weizsacker’s workshop in the Salzburg Internationale Sommer Akademie für Bildende Kunst. Turam completed her doctorate on paper sculpture at the Social Sciences Institute of Marmara University in 1996. She then founded the paper workshop in the Sculpture Department of her alma mater. In 1998 she became an assistant professor. Turam resigned from Marmara University in 2000 and continues her work at her own studio in Istanbul.
1998, Falez Art Gallery, Antalya “Envelop and Contents”
1999, Destek Reasurans Art Gallery, Istanbul “paper sculpture exhibition”
2002, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, “Spectators”
2006, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, “One of Us”
2007, Gallery Apel Istanbul, “Open Door”
2007, Sara Tecchia Roma New York, “Bend and Break in Silence”
1987, Enka Holding Istanbul, Sculpture Exhibition
1989, Yalova, Yalova Municipality Open Air Sculpture Exhibition
1990, K.S.M., Istanbul Marmara University Teaching Staff Exhibition
1991, I.T.U. Exhibition Hall, Painting and Sculpture Exhibition in aid of the I.T.U. Foundation
1992, C.R.R. Art Exhibition Hall, Artistic Faculty Members Painting and Sculpture Exhibition
1993, Etibank Art Gallery, Istanbul, Istanbul Art Fair
1993, Etibank Art Gallery Young Artists’ Exhibition
1994, Etibank Art Gallery, Istanbul Youth and Art Exhibition
1995, D.G.S. Gallery, Ankara State Picture and Sculpture Exhibition
1995, Genc Etkinlik Tuyap, Istanbul
1996, Post Denmark Exhibition Hall, Mail Art-Future Communication Copenhagen
1996, Kabatas High School Exhibition Hall “Exhibition of Masters of Art”
1996, “Birebir” Group Exhibition, Istanbul
1997, Atatürk Cultural Centre, Istanbul “3rd Paperwork Exhibition”
1997, Yunus Emre Cultural Centre “Combined Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture”
2000, Marmara Univ. Exhibition of Works of the Faculty Members of the Sculpture Dept.
2001, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, “Earth and Fiber Exhibition”
2001, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, “Paperwork Exhibition”
2002, Poland Paper Biennial, in Duszniki Zdroj, unfold-unpacked-unrolled exhibition
2002, M.U.G.S.F. Exhibition Hall, “Asia – Europe Exhibition”
2003, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, “Metal Works”
2003, Gallery Apel, Istanbul,” Ezop Friends”
2004, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, “From Hills to Dales”
2005, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, “Curtain”
2005, Canada, Banff Centre, Suitcase Art Exhibition.
2005, Diyarbakir Cultural Centre, “Neighbor” (19.Nov.-7 Dec.)
2005, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, “Neighbor” (15 Sep.-22 Oct.)
2005, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, “merrymaking, married, and less so, the whole gang”
2005, Istanbul Modern Art Gallery, “recycle material design” exhibition
2005, Diyarbakir Cultural Centre, “Newroz’’
2006, Gallery Apel, Istanbul, "Shop and Bazaar Exhibition"
2006, Austria, Steyrermühl, Museum of Papermaking and Print, “Industry Paper Art” Exhibition
2006, Zürih, Galerie Für Gegenwartskunst.
2006, Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Gallery Apel
2007, Germany, Deggendorf, Stadmuseum, “Industry Paper Art” exhibition
2007, Kunst Zurich 07, Galerie Für Gegenwartskunst
2007, Aqua Winewood Art Fair, Miami, Sara Tecchia, Roma New York.
2008, Creek Art Fair, Dubai.
2009, SOFA Exhibition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, New York
2009, 6.Norddeutsche Handpressenmesse 2009, Galeriapel, Museum der Abeit, Hamburg.
Reference: esmapacal.com; .galleryapel.com