Ali Ibrahim Ocal investigates the relationship between humans and animals, revealing their similarities on a textural level. Ocal’s practice is meticulous; his works, which include painting, installation and photography, ask the viewer to see beyond and beneath the surface. In particular, his paintings combine photorealistic techniques with subtle symbolism, creating an overtly visual language.
Growing up between a German city and the country side in Turkey, the artist has always been affected by the severe differences between urban and rural, along with the rapid modernization process of Turkey. The themes of his work, as well as his approach to traditional Anatolian arts and crafts techniques, were deeply influenced by this binary existence.