Heidi Trautmann


HEIDI TRAUTMANN Art Exhibition at ISMET V. GÜNEY ART CENTRE IN NICOSIA with opening on 20 September 2017 at 19:00 hrs until 30 September, 13:00 hrs


It was on the occasion of the International Day of the Arts on April 15, 2017 that Heidi Trautmann’s  exhibition was opened in Famagusta at the R. R. Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre under the auspices of the EMU Centre for Cyprus Studies, Dr. Naciye Doratli, by the Eastern Mediterranean University, the Rector, Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, and our Art Association EMAA (European Mediterranean Art Association, President Zehra Şonya.


A second show had been planned to take place in Nicosia now between 20-30 September, 2017, at the Ismet V. Güney Art Centre, especially for those who could not undertake the journey to Famagusta.

With her work Heidi Trautmann draws the attention to people’s life, their personality and daily problems and she thinks that the truth comes out better with fast sketches, by catching the moment of a movement or a mood and adding to the background a graphic interpretation, often the drawings come along as caricatures or rather as an overdrawn image of the character. She uses many different techniques in order to express her view of the situation, including her morning Turkish coffee which she pours onto a sheet of glass for a print. Lines is what she uses most, be it charcoal or ink, on sheets that were prepared as monoprints, paper collages or water colour washes: Heidi says that we all have to adapt to background conditions, thus have my drawn people to adapt.

Her most important task has always been to support the arts because she believes in the power of all art disciplines, be it visual arts, literature or theatre. She regards the arts as the most important tool in education as it teaches people to use their senses fully; here we repeat some of her words of her opening speech in Famagusta for the International Day of the Arts:

Many people ask, what is art? What does it stand for? Is it part of interior design…  Or a sort of philosophy? It is said that it can heal people……

For me ART is LIFE, it is life under a magnifying glass, it is made by people for people; it is to understand matters of nature and humanity.

Art is as old as our globe. With the urge to express themselves, the cavemen took stones to scratch their experiences into rocks….or to record historical events…. the armies of early wars took hired painters with them, explorers did. Art is a form of science, it researches things to the very bottom and uses the results in various directions; it develops the human senses and makes people see behind the curtain. Often it is not for the pleasure of our eyes. Art has become a very important means of worldwide communication with the many international art events;  we have Biennales in almost all countries of the world. International Art colonies have become the fashion and artists are invited around the world for interesting art workshops. I have watched this phenomenon also here in North Cyprus, with many of our artists regularly going to such events, even to Korea, China and Japan, but we also have international art workshops on the island, I have many times written about them, and thus we get to know artists and their work, their thinking and culture first hand.

It has always been my wish to share and to support art and artists because I believe in the science of art, to help educate young…. and old – you are never too young or too old – in our Thursday Art group we have members of much over 80 years, which I am approaching myself very fast.


The artists who give their devotion and time to teach art have my greatest respect. Art not only makes people see and trains them to use their senses fully, it makes them happy, or rather fulfilled, it gives children and adults self-confidence, keeps them away from nonsense and electronic games and dreams.

It is World Art Day today, a reason to think about its worth.

There is still so much to see and to learn, for example what material people are made of, they carry in them the secrets of the soil they were born on, what shadows are on their souls through the daily events that are thrown in their way. It is people that make the culture of a country, all members of society are creators in one way or another and we need to respect and recognize all of them, it is a country’s language. I think this is the main purpose of making art.


 DAÜ TV did a nice pre-exhibition film with Zehra Şonya speaking……


DAÜ TV / Radyo DAÜ



The exhibition will be open during official office hours.

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