My architectural style and material knowledge, derived from architectural tradition, are complemented by the use of materials obtained from construction sites and workshops that are no longer usable. By employing advanced recycling techniques, I aim to arouse curiosity among art enthusiasts regarding the materials and techniques I employ, and I enjoy witnessing discussions about my works.
Architectural projects are complex and challenging problems. You strive to solve them, knowing that there isn't a single definitive solution, but you endeavor to find the most aesthetic outcome. Similarly, in my artworks, I first create a problem through the materials I use, and then I strive to resolve it in the most beautiful way possible.
Rıfat Baltaoğlu was born in Istanbul in 1971. After completing his primary, secondary, and high school education in Istanbul, he entered the Department of Architecture at Yildiz Technical University in 1990 and graduated in 1994. In 1994, he established his own office and began his professional career. He has left his mark on hundreds of architectural and interior design projects both domestically and internationally, including Istanbul, Cesme, Bodrum, Antalya, Frankfurt, Tehran, Bucharest, and Tel Aviv. In 2016, he received the European Property Awards for his residential project in Cesme. He currently continues his architectural and interior design work actively from his office in Istanbul.
In 2018, Rıfat Baltaoğlu embarked on a painting career, producing his works by employing the technique of advanced recycling, utilizing materials obtained from construction sites and workshops, which would otherwise go unused. He held his first exhibition in Istanbul in 2022, titled "ATA" (Ancestor), where he focused on the theme of the "Ata Altın" (Ancestor's Gold), also known as the "Cumhuriyet Altını" (Republic Gold). Baltaoğlu depicted the revolutionary and forward-thinking soldier and statesman Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, attributing each characteristic as a distinct color on his canvas. He deliberately left the canvas colorless to represent November 10th, which is a solemn day in Turkey.
The artist held his second exhibition, "Eclectic," in December 2022 in London. For this exhibition, he utilized advanced recycling techniques, employing materials such as MDF, garden hoses, laundry wire, rusty iron, aluminum foil, foam, fishing line, earplugs, and cardboard packaging to create horse sculptures and other artworks.