Painting: Adnan Varınca


The 2006 Aydın Doğan Award was given in Painting and Adnan Varınca was deemed worthy of the award for his faithful, decisive and modern artistic attitude sustained since the start of his career, and for his striking tendency that prioritizes the integrity of oil painting.

The selection committee for 2006’s Aydın Doğan Award included Prof. Adnan Çoker, Burhan Doğançay, Ferit Edgü, Prof. Neşe Erdok, Mehmet Ergüven, Prof. Dr. Turan Erol, Prof. Dr. Jale Erzen, Prof. Dr. Semra Germaner, Doğan Hızlan, Prof. Dr. Hüsamettin Koçan and Prof. Dr. Kaya Özsezgin.

Adnan Varınca
Varınca was born in İstanbul in 1918, and finished middle school at St. Joseph High School in 1933 and high school at Galatasaray in 1938. He continued his education at the workshops of Leopold Lèvy and Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu at İstanbul State Academy of Fine Arts, from where he graduated in 1948.

He worked as an arts professor between 1949 and 1956. He opened his first personal exhibition at the French Cultural Centre in İstanbul in 1949. The artist continued his work in Paris between 1957 and 1973, occasionally attending the exhibitions of Turkish artists in Paris at the Fine Arts Academy.

Varınca also attended the “Six Turkish Artists” exhibition at Besançon and returned to İstanbul in 1973. He exhibited his collected work at İstanbul Municipality City Gallery in 1975. Varınca has been part of numerous personal and group exhibitions, and shared Sedat Simavi Foundation’s Visual Arts Award with Turan Erol in 1980.