Ali Altun 08.08.- 17.08. 2014
was born in 1961 in Antakya. I am married and father of three children.
From a young age I was interested in painting and carving. Self taught, I
practiced carving and learned the intricacies of this art.
After completion of primary education, encouraged by some carpenters, I opened a
Thus began my passion for furniture carving. Over time I have developed myself
and I have focussed on classic furniture. During this work I always was inspired
by nature and developed new designs for furniture. After two years of military
service I went to Saudi Arabia to realize there my dreams of having a large
workshop and creating my own style. I stayed there for 10 years and worked on
carved furniture for guest suites of the Saudi royal family and their villas and
residences. This period promoted my work and I developed new models.
After my return from Saudi Arabia, I founded a small workshop in Antakya and
began to work intensively to get a reputation. In 1998 I sketched an Atatürk
bust for the Sükrü Kanatli Elementary School in Antakya and handed it over to
the school. At the request of Bekir
Karabacak, the former governor, I prepared a 2.10m high Atatürk bust for the
kindergarten in Zübeyde.
Because of these two pieces of work my popularity grew in Antioch. In the
meantime, I moved to a larger workshop to continue my work on a wider scale.
Established at the request of Mr. Manson Rakıcıoğlu, then governor of Hatay, I
completed a project for the renovation of the government building. In 2000 I
carried out the interior decoration of the Orthodox Church of
Antioch and the carving of the doors. Demand grew and I sent a lot of my work to
different cities and countries.
During the years 2001-2003 I restored the Savon Hotel in Antakya with many
carvings and classic furniture. In 2006 I designed various carvings and
furniture for the Dedeman Hotel in Antakya. In the presidential suite of the
Dedeman Hotel examples of my work can be seen, too. I worked in many other
traditional hotels on restorations that kept true to the original works. In
2010, I created eight doors for the Saint Andrew's Church in Riverside,
California. As a follow up, I received offers from home and abroad for similar
work. Currently some of this work I already have accepted and I am still
considering other requests.