Kubilay Mert Ural (b. 1986, Istanbul) lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied performing arts at Istanbul Bilgi University, and applied arts at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Rijkakademie Amsterdam.
Kubilay Mert Ural has a way of capturing otherworldly ımages. His videos, installations and paintings function like passages, inviting the viewer to traverse his/our primordial thoughts. The global reality as we know it today is one of confusion and chaos, indistinguishable from a bad dream. Post-colonial tensions and the endless abuse of power, these impressions are mixed with moments of absurdity. In these visual narratives, time and space collapse, past and future unfold on a single plane. Hovering questions about the eternal desire for mystery, belief systems, and possible answers for humanity. Ural is captivated by such fascinations, as well as consoled by these hypnagogic visions.
Kubilay Mert Ural moves across mediums from painting to sculpture to video and installation, in order to explore and express the fluidity that results from it. He is also a musician, a director and he had curatorial projects. Recent group exhibitions he contributed to include Meeting the Universe Halfway, Missing Persons and the other supernatural phenomena, Jeunes Artistes Contemporains de Turquie. His ongoing projects will be on display at Rijksakademie Open in November, at Ellen De Bruijine Projects in April and at Art Basel in June.