Born in Istanbul, Semra Özümerzifon graduated from Robert College in 1970. Moving to Switzerland, she attended the courses of Pascal Saini and Axel Ernst at Geneva Academy of Fine-Arts studying painting and drawing (1981-1984). She had individual expositions in Turkey and in several European cities, and participated in International Art Fairs. She received awards at international art competitions in France and Italy, and was attributed the titles of “Associate Academician” and “Academic Knight” by International Academy Greci-Marino and Academy of Verbano. 

After having worked on oil painting for many years, and following her return to Turkey in 2007, she started experimenting in different disciplines and mixed media, using mainly discarded fishing nets in their original colors. Her project, “Network From Rumelikavagı to Anatolia” was exhibited in many Anatolian cities. In 2014, following the destruction of olive groves in a small Aegean town in order to make room for a thermoelectric plant, she started creating metal sculptures and drawings on the theme of ancient olive trees. She also provided illustrations for a book 'Muhur Gozlum' inspired by this event . 

Selected Individual Exhibitions

2016-2017 Gallery Rooms Istanbul

2013  CERModern, Ankara/ State Fine Arts Gallery Konya-ETO Gallery, Eskisehir-

2010/2011 ArtClub, Istanbul

2006/2008  State Fine Art Gallery, Konya

2007 Museum of Modern Art Gallery, Rhodes, Greece

2002/2006 Center of Anatolian Culture in Paris, France

2004 Gallery Giovanetti, Lausanne, Switzerland

2000 Gallery Quatuor Plus Un, Geneva, Switzerland

1997/1996/1995 Cumalı Art Gallery, Istanbul

1993/1991 Loanne Art Gallery, Geneva,Switzerland

1989 Yapi Kredi Bank Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

1985 Gallery Motte, Geneva

1983 Gallery Kile, Istanbul

Selected Mixed Exhibitions and International Art Fairs

2019-2020 Istanbul Concept 'Love Fest' Art Fair

2018 Istanbul Concept Gallery Istanbul 

2018 Wild Shaman Art Gallery, Portland Oregon USA with Armaggan Gallery

2016 Elgiz Museum Istanbul – Terrace Exhibitions

2015 Istanbul Breeze Bene Rialto Gallery (Armaggan Gallery), New York, USA

2014 Fall Fefstival at Zorlu Center PSM (Armaggan), Istanbul, Turkey

2013 “Istanbul Breeze”, Hilton and Asmus Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, USA

2011  Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art- Project Rooms

2005  “The Maxi Exhibition” 3rd Millenium Artists Exhibition, Rome, Italy

2005  International Exhibition organized by Who’s Who in Art, Paris, France

2011  Contemporary Art Biennale, Izmir

2003/2004  International Art Fair, Leopards 2004, St. Tropez, France

2004  Kunstevent, Haarlem, Holland

2001/2002  Independent Artists’ Fair (Salon des Independents), Paris, France

2002/2003  Europ’Art Geneva, Switzerland

1997/2002  Tüyap International Art Fair, Istanbul

1995  Art Jonction, Cannes, France 

Awards  

2005   International Art Competition organized by Academy of  Santarita 

Torino/Italy - Award of the Jury (Hommage to the Victims of Tsunami) 

2004 International Art Competition, organized by Academy of Santarita 

Torino/Italy - European Award (Dance of the Dervishes) 

2003  40th International Art Fair Leopards 2003, organized by National Federation of French Culture, European Group, Roquebrune s/Argens, France - Award of the Ramatuelle Municipality (The Light)

2003  International Art Fair, organized by National Federation of French Culture, 

European Group, Versailles, France  - Honor Award (Whirling Dervishes)