Ilhan Koman was born in Edirne,
Turkey, in 1921. After finishing the Istanbul Mimar
Sinan Academy of Fine Arts he went to Paris on a state scholarship
for further studies at the 'Academie
Julian'. In 1951 he returned to Turkey and taught at the Istanbul
Academy until moving to Sweden in 1958. Koman renovated there
an ancient sailing boat, M/S
Hulda, where he lived and worked on in Drottningholm. He taught
Academy of Fine Arts (Konstfackskolan) until the end of his
life, in 1986.
Ilhan Koman exhibited his works in many
countries, where he is also represented in several
museums. In 1965 Koman started his work on inventing diverging
geometrical forms. Many of these have kinetic properties, such
as flexible 3-D
Moebius bands and polyhedra.
He developed these forms as prototypes in various materials to
be realised in large-scale
Much of his works remain in Sweden as full-scale monuments. His
major works in his homeland Turkey are large metal outdoor
sculptures in Istanbul ('Akdeniz'/'The
Mediterranean' in 4. Levent, 'To
Infinity…' in santralistanbul, an untitled
work in Taksim, Portal a kinetic monumental piece that used to be in Stockholm Central Station since 1989 and which was brought to Bogazici University in 2008 thanks to the financial support of the Garanti Bank and the 'Pi' series, to be implemented on several campuses of Bogazici University at the end of the year 2008), a wall
frieze at Atatürk's Mausoleum, and an untitled
bronze sculpture in the Seymenler Park in Ankara.
Ilhan Koman narrates his style and research in the article
‘ON MY APPROACH
TO MAKING NONFIGURATIVE STATIC AND KINETIC SCULPTURE’
with Françoise Ribeyrolles in Leonardo, 1979,
Pergamon Press, Vol.12, pp. 1-4.