Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1955; received B.A. in 1977 from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.
Moved to NY in 1980, received M.A. in 1983, and M.F.A. in 1984, in Painting, from Albany University-SUNY.

Studied with artists of diverse styles as Angelo Ippolito, http://angeloippolito.com/home.htmlMark Greenwold http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/08/arts/design/08chan.htmlRichard Callner http://richardcallner.com/, and Thom O’Connor http://thomoconnorprints.com/.

First exhibition in New York City was at White Columns in 1986 curated by director Bill Arning https://www.whitecolumns.org/archive/index.php/Search/Index/search/%22Serdar+Arat%22 , who also authored the book Serdar Arat: 1983-1998, published by Galeri Nev-Istanbul in 1998.
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Exhibitions in New York City continued at Art In General, Alternative Museum, Bronx Museum,
M-13-Howard Scott, Hal Katzen, Monique Goldstrom, and Kouros Gallery http://www.kourosgallery.com/artists/Arat%202010/HTML/Arat%20Home%202010.htm among others; as well as at Gallery 1756-Chicago, Galeri Nev-Istanbul and Galeri Nev-Ankara http://www.galerinev.com/en/sanatcilar/detay/29/serdar-arat among others.

Since 1990, represented in Turkey by Galeri Nev-Istanbul  http://www.galerinevistanbul.com/artist/serdar-arat/?tab=bio
 
List of Exhibitions: http://www.serdararat.com/lists/exhibitions



In the first of two collaborations with director Semih Fırıncıoğlu https://performansfikri.com  created the images for the set design for G. Büchner’s Danton's Death which was staged at the State Theatre of Turkey in Istanbul. In the second one, helped create the set design of a production of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own, which was staged at Tiyatro Kare, in Istanbul, in 1993-94.


In 2005 classical and jazz musician John Patitucci http://www.johnpatitucci.com/ composed original music for viola and piano, based on Serdar Arat's painting Gardens and Pools-I, 1993. This composition was premiered by violist Lawrence Dutton http://www.emersonquartet.com/artist.php?view=bio&bid=142 of the Emerson String Quartet, on May 6, 2005, at Sommer Center of Concordia College-New York.

In 2013, the writer and film-maker Prof. Ken Calhoun created a short documentary entitled:
These Paintings Cast Shadows: A Conversation With Serdar Arat  http://vimeo.com/60057267  focusing on the creative process in general, and the progress of Serdar Arat's painting Visitation at Night, 2012 more specifically. 




Included in more than thirty individual and group catalogs and books, as many newspaper articles and reviews, including the following articles and reviews in The New York Times:
Bibliography:
http://www.serdararat.com/lists/bibliography

Selected Full Texts:
http://www.serdararat.com/texts
 
 

Included in many private and public collections mainly in Turkey and in the United States.
 
Selected Public and Corporate Collections: http://www.serdararat.com/lists/selected-collections

Received the following awards and grants:
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 1992
Painting Award, 4th Asian-European Biennial, Ankara, 1992
Painting Award, Woodstock School of Art National Painting Exhibition, 1984
 


Lectures and Presentations: http://www.serdararat.com/lists/presentations-lectures-panels

 TEDx Talk, The Basket Case: Art and Memory
                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvUKxHSjTHE 



Since 1985 teaching various courses including studio art, art and architecture survey, and gallery as Prof. of Art at Concordia College-New York, 1993-2017 and as the Diane Heath Beever ’49 Prof. of Art at Lasell College, MA, 2010-2011, Lyme College of Art, 2017-2018, among others.
 
Teaching: http://www.serdararat.com/lists/teaching

Interest in interdisciplinary work led to organizing and delivering collaborative and individual public lectures on the intersection of art and political ideologies, war, identity, and creative process, among others.

 
 

From 1994 to 2008 served as the Director-Curator of Concordia College’s OSilas Art Gallery,
http://osilasgallery.org/ helping develop it into a major exhibition and education center in lower Westchester. 
Body & Soul: From Exploration to Expression https://osilasgallery.org/2014/04/17/body-soul-from-exploration-to-expression/