Baris Gokturk is a Turkish artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He currently teaches at John Hopkins University, Pace University and Hunter College where he has got his MFA in Painting. He is the recipient of Tony Smith Award and Graf Travel Grant from Hunter College. He has shown his work internationally in US, Germany, Spain, France, Korea, Turkey and Puerto Rico. Baris recently was an ApexArt fellow in Seoul, Korea and a participant in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. From 2011-2015, he ran with a group of artists a gallery and project space called Heliopolis in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is the co-founder of AroundAbout, a curatorial project in the form of a podcast and Junte, an arts and culture project in Puerto Rico. He has contributed articles to Istanbul based bilingual art magazine RHsanat and the monthly political Post-Express since 2005.