Zeynep Akgün was born in 1975, in Uzunköprü (Turkey). She has graduated from Painting Department in Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in 1997, where she has also done her master’s degree in 2000.
She has participated in several exhibitions and art fairs in Turkey and abroad, while also collaborating with the initiatives “Arkhe” and “216” in several group exhibitions. She currently resides in Istanbul, where her workshop is located in.
Zeynep Akgün generally depicts “the human nature” in her paintings. She questions the inevitability of all human beings to live under the grip of contrarieties such as between that of natural and artificial, apparent and ambiguous, sometimes as a victim, other times as an executioner, whether conscious or asleep – while also pointing out the other possibility which can never be outlooked… When choosing a side between contrasts that are indispensible facts of universal life and human nature, we are guided by our momentary instincts.