Ismail Soysal

Interview of Ismail Soysal conducted by Norvergence Team

Ismail Soysal

Introduction of Ismail Soysal

Ismail Soysal is a finance executive and Climate Change painter.  He has been training with world renowned painter Prof. Teymur Rzayev at his atelier and attending art shows.

Questions asked by Our Team to Ismail Soysal

I am a finance executive.  In 1986 I began taking painting lessons at  Orhan Taylan’s atelier and then continued on at Teymur Ryzayev’s atelier for the past ten years.

My literature teacher  Prof.Dr.M.Kayabilgegil, history teacher Aliye Aşırbaylı and art teacher Kayıhan Keskinok fueled my interest and love of art.

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky who was a Russian painter and is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art.  I would have liked to have met him.

While in school during my history classes. I was learning about the Timurid conquests (1336 -1445 AD) of the central asian conquerer Timur,  who founded the Timurid Empire in and around modern-day Iran and Central Asia, becoming the first ruler of the Timurid dynasty. As an undefeated commander, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest military leaders and tacticians in history.  Timur is also considered a great patron of art and architecture, as he interacted with intellectuals which waved in the Timurid Renaissance.  

As Timur was conquering Anatolia, specifically the area from modern day Ankara (the capital of Turkey) to Izmir he hid his army riding on tens of thousands of elephants in the vast forests that stretched all across the land.  However, due to wars, fires, cutting down of trees without any replacement, Anatolia has now become a poster child of deforestation. I first hand and very sadly witnessed the rapid Climate Change stemming from deforestation during my life time.  

I paint about climate change and  avidly read Green Peace’s climate change related articles.

About 70 to 80 years ago the Blacksea region’s forests, where I grew up, were spectacular.  They were filled with colorful birds, rabbits, foxes and wolves. Almost everyday I would come across a wild animal in our neighborhood or garden as we co existed  side by side.  Now most of those forests are gone, burnt down and converted into farm land.  The farmer from the blaksea region in my painting is reminiscing the beauty of the forests that have disappeared  which existed during her and my childhood. I wanted to capture that feeling of despair that comes from missing the forest which was home to all the colorful animals  in my painting.