He was born on July 24, 1970 in Ankara. Haluk Akakçe, who graduated from Bilkent University interior architecture department in 1993, entered The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. After studying for a while at the Royal College of Art in London, where he went with an exchange program the following year, he completed his master’s degree at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997 with the first place. Akakçe has produced a number of works with complex symbolist narratives that combine minimalist, live action with the highest level of animation. In addition to his video works, his drawings and paintings on wood and paper, and sometimes floor-to-ceiling wall paintings, question the sense of perception, scale and dimension in spatial integrity. Trying to break the two-dimensionality of the wall and the canvas, the artist blends his works with an architectural perspective.
Considered one of the most creative in the contemporary art world, Akakçe held solo exhibitions in the world’s leading contemporary museums and galleries at a young age. Among the venues where the artist’s works are exhibited are the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS-1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City New Museum, Tate Britain Chelsea Art Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Kunsthaus Graz and Istanbul Modern Art Museum. Some of the biennials and festivals that the artist participated in; “Painting at the Edge of the World” Walker Art Center in 2001, “Metropolitan Iconographies” in 2002, the 25th São Paulo Biennial, Minneapolis and the 6th International Istanbul Biennial curated by Paolo Colombo. Akakçe’s work has been the subject of various international publications such as Flash Art, Frieze, Artforum, Art in America and Vogue. In 2006, upon the invitation of the Governor of Las Vegas, the artist realized his project “The Sky is the Limit” in Viva Vision, the world’s largest LED screen on Fremont Street. After this work, which continues for four blocks, which can be described as a dome consisting of giant screens in the center of Las Vegas, Akakçe exhibited the video installation of the Louis Vuitton brand at the Louis Vuitton Champs Elysées. Akakçe has been invited as a speaker by important museums, biennials and galleries and has been a guest critic at Yale University.