State Academy of Fine Arts, Istanbul, 1976, BA
Faruk Ulay was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1957. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from The State Academy of Fine Arts, he completed his Master of Arts degree in Visual Communications in Goldsmiths' College in London, England. In 1982, he moved to the United States and established a design studio in Pasadena, California, where he focuses on authoring purely text-based, literary works as well as engaging text and visuals to create interdisciplinary, multi-layered projects.
In his work that embraces both verbal and visual elements, Faruk Ulay uses photography as his medium of choice to stimulate an ongoing dialogue between oppositions, a shifting landscape which put dichotomies into play: identity and difference, presence and absence, concrete and abstract, the past lingering in the present, among others. Urban landscapes, barren lands, and found objects are frequently featured in his photographs. Text accompanying these images live independently in the borrowed collective space and point to what is not accentuated in the photographs. It is hoped that viewers themselves can undertake the task of seeing the mutating world through the juxtaposition of images and rebuild it from their own perspective.
In addition to his work that incorporates both the visual and the textual, Faruk Ulay has written eight volumes of short stories, two novels, and one non-fiction work–a design manifesto. His literary fiction appear regularly in literary and cultural journals in Turkey, in the United States, and in Canada.