The famous Turkish caricaturist, painter, architect, and writer, Gungor Kabakcioglu passed away in Istanbul today, June 27, 2011.
Born in Serik, Antalya, Turkey, on Sep 9, 1933, Gungor Kabakcioglu was educated in Izmir and Istanbul, graduating as an architect from the National Fine Arts Academy in 1961. He worked for BP and Kervansaray companies for 20 years as an architect. Then he co-owned the advertising agency Hasajans where he was also the art director for 18 years. He received awards in architecture, painting, poster, and cartoon competitions.
First work of cartoons published in 1949 in Izmir (Anadolu newspaper) and in Istanbul (Dogan Kardes, the children’s magazine). He painted a lot of children’s books (Varlik publishing) and book covers (Dost publishing), also large pictures and cartoons on walls of hotels, restaurants, cinemas, and other social buildings.
Gungor Kabakcioglu had several solo exhibitions of caricatures, cartoons and paintings. Made political cartoons for the newspapers Tercuman, Aksam, Gunes, and strip cartoons for Yeni Yuzyil and Gunes as well.
A hardworking and prolific artist, he published his work in many periodicals and collected some in books: Karikatur Albumu (1955, 2002), Portreler (1994), Karikaturcu Portreleri (2002), Sakipname (2002).
See a few images of his works at http://karikaturculerdernegi.com/2011/01/bir-sanatci-agabey-gungor-kabakcioglu/