Born in 1973 in Bulgaria. Graduate of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Faculty of Painting, Istanbul (BFA, MFA). Occasionally exhibited at group shows, illustrated magazines, poetry books, theater posters. Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. While including architectural and historical references in his works, he also maintains affinity for the templates of formalist painting. The limited palette supporting his drawing based process indicates and makes visible an effort towards pictorial and formal values. Floating in between stylistic borders of expression and figuration, Sami’s works are frequently borrowing forgotten, abandoned architectural spaces belonging to the recent past, exposing possibilities for existence of anonymous, depoliticized homogenous spaces accompanying a horizontal based perception of time.
“Regarding my drawing practice, I nurture a preference toward a conscious naivety and blurring of the subject matter. My primary concern is reflecting on the subjective and often spontaneous nature of drawing, with its contemporary characteristics of stylistic awkwardness and matter obscurity sharing a border with hermeneutic approaches. A carte blanche is given to coincidences and contradictions between meticulous hatching and mark makings, almost always executed with an ink, it refuses the erasure and remake and stays certain for itself even when there is a possible miscalculation.