Somnur van der Kraan
"We create our own world with the imprints of our experiences. We then hide and preserve this world behind meticulously woven walls. However, the universe is made up of the co-existence of all the cosmoses of all creations. When we succeed in breaking all the walls and shells, our naked and pure inner being comes out and unites with other beings. Then is the universe created. As our beauty, as pure and innocent as at the moment of birth, takes its place in the universe, that beauty will be reflected on us, rendering the world liveable and the universe reachable.
Let the light in…”
Somnur van der Kraan
I was born in Istanbul to an artist family. My father, mother, my grandfather also my mother’s grandfather were all artists. I studied painting at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul between 1982 and 1987. While realizing the costumes and stage settings for an amateur theater group, I started working in the famous atelier M.D. in 1987 in Istanbul. Here I received training on practiced stage settings and costumes, sculpture, and art direction. Then I went on to work professionally in these fields.
I was involved in the establishment and activity planning of the 1st Istanbul Biennial in 1989.
I moved from Istanbul to Bodrum where I began tutoring and organizing workshops for children and adults in 1990.
In 1994 I went to Germany to make costumes for the Karlsruhe Museum. Since 1999 I have held many solo exhibitions in Istanbul, Bodrum, and the USA. I also participated in many group exhibitions. My two solo exhibitions in the USA were: in International Visions at the Gallery, Washington DC, in 2002, and in The Gallery at The Marmara, Manhattan in 2006. In 2006, I initiated the founding of a contemporary art group by the name” The Flying University” in Bodrum. I worked as a gallery director in 2007.
(The artist is listed in the database of “Artprice” also listed in the database RKD Nederlands Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis (Netherlands Institute of Art history ).
Before known as Somnur Kurt.
While I continue my artistic activities, I also deal with alternative therapies, healthy living, and nutritional medicine, art therapy, and energy therapy (energy healing). I started to work in personal development group practices and workshops in Istanbul in 2002 and in Bodrum. In 2002, I started to work in art therapy, in which I have been interested since 1985. I was working in art and at the same time, I was interested in alternative therapies, yoga philosophy, how to live without illness, and art therapy. I participated in workshops about that. I worked on art therapy at her personal atelier in Bodrum between 2004- 2010.
Since 1994 I have been writing articles for various publications.
In 2018, I started working online on life guidance, spiritual guidance, and guided meditations. You can still find relevant studies, meditations, and affirmations on the “MysiaLuna Light Sages” channel.
Unfortunately, all of them are in Turkish.