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We lost Ayfer Karamani, one of the most important representatives of contemporary Turkish ceramic art, on February 25. The artist, who passed away at the age of 90, was buried next to her husband Sabit Karamani in Zincirlikuyu Cemetery. Her colleagues and friends gathered to say goodbye to the artist in her workshop in Beyoglu, where she loved and worked passionately.

Ayfer Karamani, one of the important figures of contemporary Turkish ceramic art, was born in 1933. She studied in the Fabric Patterns and Ceramics departments of Istanbul Fine Arts Academy and graduated in 1955. She started working in the ceramics studio established by her husband Sabit Karamani in their home in Moda in 1957 and continued her work uninterruptedly for 60 years.

Since 1954, she has opened dozens of personal exhibitions at home and abroad, participated in many national and international group exhibitions, and received awards. The ceramic glazes made by her husband Sabit Karamani, who is also a ceramic artist in addition to his radio broadcasting and photography, have become the signature of the Karamani Studio. She applied more than 20 ceramic wall panels, some of them together with Sabit Karamani, in buildings belonging to various institutions in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana, Mersin and Bodrum. Her works were included in various collections at home and abroad.

Güngör Güner - Arzu Karamani Pekin Arzu Karamani Pekin - Nazan Ölçer

Fatma Batukan Belge - Elhan Ergin Deniz - Çetin Pireci Arzu Karamani Pekin - Zeynep İnankur

Ayfer Karamani, who made abstract forms, panels and artistic wall coverings throughout her artistic life, began to mix human figures into nature abstractions in the 1980s. Especially in recent years, she has focused on large-scale sculpture works. Ayfer Karamani, who celebrated her 50th artistic anniversary with a retrospective exhibition at Is Bankasi Kibele Art Gallery in 2007, realized one of her biggest dreams in her 53rd year of artlife and exhibited her sculptures among the ancient sculptures in the garden of Istanbul Archeology Museums in 2010. Ten years ago, she handed over her studio to his daughter, Arzu Karamani Pekin.


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