Onur

Solothurn / Switzerland

Onur is a photorealistic painter and muralist, based in Solothurn, Switzerland. Intense colours and an organically shaped curve characterises the large-format screen of this artist. Onur has realized several ONE WALLS and is now part of the class of 2018 in the URBAN NATION Artist in Residence Programme. […]

Biography / Onur

Onur is a photorealistic painter and muralist, based in Solothurn, Switzerland. Intense colours and an organically shaped curve characterises the large-format screen of this artist. Onur has realized several ONE WALLS and is now part of the class of 2018 in the URBAN NATION Artist in Residence Programme.

His motifs are urban cityscapes, suspenseful scenes or room-sized portraits exuding a penetrating power. To achieve this, he does not use traditional brush techniques and still uses the acryl roller from his early days, relying on techniques from theatre painting. The directness of the photorealism, which lets some light-sensitive colours only come to life in the right light, illustrates his drive for depictions. Yet, Onur never views the events from the perspective of reality but instead, he releases that which is seen from its original context to create a new context.

Onur began his career as a theatre painter and then was trained as a graphic artist. After working within the field for a few years, he went back to his roots to become an independent artist. For URBAN NATION, together with Wes21, he created one of Berlins iconic ONE WALLS “SWEETEST SIN” in Kreuzberg.