Kemal B. Caymaz, born in Kyrenia in 1989, and after completing his primary and secondary education he enrolled at Nicosia Fine Arts School in Nicosia in 2003 and graduated in 2007. He continued to study fine arts – and as elective subject ceramics – at the Near East University from where he will go abroad for his master degree. He has participated in many national and international exhibitions and workshops, the last exhibition being the TRNC Young Artists Painting Exhibition in 2010 and he widely attracted interest.
Kemal created his own fantasy figures following his research in ancient reliefs of a variety of Greek myths blending them with experiences of our daily life. In some of his paitings he supports the mystic atmosphere using hymns and sonnets by Homerus and Shakespeare written in golden letters. Symbols such as the apple reoccuring in his paintings hint at the human weaknesses.
With “Once upon a time” all fairy tales commence and inspite of all modernity of today’s people they are willing to be led into a world of fantasy, Kemal believe,s and it is his aim to reach the child within people, to open their imagination and to leave aside the real world with all its depressions created by daily routines, communal and national problems and issues, with other words, give them some hope and innocence.
Ayça Akarcan explains her work:
With my work I try to explain my feelings towards our life in this world where innocence is regarded as something bad, a feeling I cannot shake off. My paintings are my outcry and my mutinity. However, the colours I use represent my hope for freedom and belief in the future and their mysticism includes the mystery of our own destiny.