SUNY Purchase College, 2005, BFA
GULGUN ALIRIZA is a Cypriot-born American painter who lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase with Summa Cum Laude in 2005 and her MFA from Western Connecticut University in 2007. She continued her studies with Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School, NYC, and with Susanna Coffey. She is the recipient of several grants and a residency program awards. In 2007, she was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Aliriza has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the Northeast. In 2013 her work was featured in "The Power of Place" at Hudson Vallery Center for Contemporary Art. In 2013, she had a solo show, “The Poetics of Excess”, at the Blue Mountain Gallery, NY. In October 31, 2017, she will have her second solo show, "Spatial Journeys" at the Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC and her work will be featured in “Thinking Big” at Westbeth Gallery, NYC.
As a painter, my main concern has been a formal and intellectual approach to explore color, form, shape, light, surface and texture. I focus on life and objects in my immediate surroundings through portrait, landscape and still-life motifs by using traditional materials. For me, painting is a physical and dynamic process that develops organically upon the surface of the canvas. Working from perception enables me to have a private dialogue with a particular setting and create a strong connection between my subject, the painted object and the process itself – which becomes a very satisfying experience.