Atanur Dogan is an internationally recognized Turkish-Canadian artist, instructor and judge. He graduated from the Fine Arts program of Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey, with a teaching degree, where he specialized in watercolor and sculpture.His significant achievements include being selected as one of five portrait artists – deemed best in the world by the Portrait Society of Canada in 2004. He also received the title of “People’s Choice Awards Winner” for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010 from the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition -a major outdoor art show.
Dogan’s paintings enrich art collections around the world. He has exhibited his work in Turkey, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, Hong Kong, Mexico, Albania, India, and in cities such as Zurich, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver.
Dogan illustrates raw and real emotions of the people in his paintings through his delicate and precise brushwork. He aims to emphasize on the contrast between us as viewers to the persons in his paintings. That we who live with a much more comfortable lifestyle would gain a perspective of the other side, arouse thinking of those who lives as such today, with love to conquer the world. He is the Founder and President of the International Watercolor Society, a non profit organization established in 2012 with objective of promoting the world’s oldest and most deeply rooted painting technique; the art of watercolor. To promote peace through this use of art; the common language of all the peoples of the world. The organization currently has more than 70 country branches all over the world, as it expands as a large platform for watercolour artists and art-lovers together.