Art Edition 5: Day 10 – Interview with artist Renan Kaleli

Renan Kaleli

Renan Kaleli is an Istanbul based artist who has trained in various art studios in Grenoble, France; New York and Miami, USA. In his individualistic style — using mixed media — through paint, photographs, graphics, colors, and forms, Renan intends his art to expand our curiosity and imagination so we can connect, understand and adapt to our ever-changing world better. 

Renan believes that humans cannot stop innovating and creating. This inevitably leads to a technologically advanced energy-intensive way of life that takes a toll on the environment, animals and plants which suffer as a result of our man-made environmental disasters. This includes carbon pollution which has led to global warming. Renan hopes these incidents serve as a wake-up call, so we start living in a more environmentally respectful way, in harmony with animals as well as plants – in balance.

We present his interview below:

What are you working on now?

Since Art Edition 1, during the pandemic, I have been making new mixed media art work – portraits and landscapes – with oil paint and photographs. 

Based on my new paintings,  I launched  month-long new art shows at the United Nations Habitat for Urban October  which began on World Habitat Day on October 4th and ended on World Cities Day on October 31st when United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) began:

United Nations Habitat Urban October 1:

United Nations Habitat Urban October 2:

How has this year been so far, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

This year  is better than last year but we are still trying to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been a wakeup call.  There have been many climate change related environmental calamities to contend with around the world.  For example, this past summer, Turkey had its worst wild fires , as well as sea mucilage problem, which has been fueling my desire to make  new art.

What do you hope to express in your latest “Winds of Fire” art show?

I am painting abstract oil paintings as well as mixed media art work  based on the unprecedented wild fires of Turkey and hope to draw attention to climate change which is warming our earth absent adherence to the Paris Agreement.  I hope the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is successful for our World.

What are your plans for the future?

I have art exhibits planed in galleries in Istanbul, as well as online exhibitions, where you will be able to see my latest climate change art.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

INSTAGRAM: Click here
FACEBOOK:   @renankaleli
MY WEBSITE: Click here

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