Nejat Kavvas has been trained as pharmacist in Istanbul. He has been
painting, engraving and sculpting since he was 12. He has studied
archaeology, history, classical studies and art history. He has become a
full time artist after attending glass casting, pate de verre, flame working
and sand casting workshops in United States Europe, Australia and New
Zealand. He has studied figurative sculpture in Rome, and at the
Florence Art Academy. Nejat has also taught at various art schools in
Europe and New Zealand.
Previously through his company TechLoom Rug & Carpet Creations he
has designed and manufactured rugs/carpets for the design industry in
New Zealand and overseas.
He has exhibited at various galleries in New Zealand, Europe and United
States. He was invited to exhibit at the world most prestigious SOFA art
exhibition in Chicago in 2011. His last solo exhibition “Transparent
Tales” was in Istanbul in 2015.
Currently practices his art at his studio in Takapuna, Auckland.
“Artists are story tellers of their society and of their period. Their
language is disciplines, materials and subjects they use. I use different
mediums like bronze, glass, stainless steel, iron, stone, alone or
together, to tell my story. I try to create artworks that transmit
sensations, with some elements of fiction or fantasy.”