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Piyale Madra somehow confirms the words of Mallarme - "Le monde est la pour aboutir a un livre." And, Sheherazade begins to tell us a virgin tale on the 1001'st day.

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Piyale Madra was born in Ankara, Turkey where she finished high school. She then went to France and continued her studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Grenoble. After graduating from the Dept. of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul, she spent a year in Stockholm, where she continued with her artwork. When she returned to Istanbul, she launched her career as a cartoon artist by creating the comic strip, “Picnic.” The cartoon first appeared in the Turkish daily Milliyet in 1982, and then transferred to the daily Cumhuriyet where it appeared regularly for 10 years. In 1992, a selection of the Picnic cartoons was published in book form, both in Turkish and in English.

Her new series of cartoons, entitled “Adams and Eves,” made its debut in the daily Yeni Yüzyıl in 1994, then transferred to the newspaper Radikal, where it has appeared every day since Yeni Yüzyıl shut down in 1998. Various selections from Piyale Madra’s “Adams and Eves” series were published in six comic books over time. Both “Picnic” and “Adams and Eves” were turned into animation and shown on tv.


  • 94 Solo exhibition in Forte del Marmi/Italy. Awarded "Premio Satira Politica 1994".
  • 95 Takes part in the 6th Ferrari Women Cartoonists Biennial in Italy.
  • 95 Solo exhibition in Istanbul.
  • 95 Solo exhibition in Gent/Belgium.
  • 96 Solo exhibition in Heusen/Belgium.
  • 96 Takes part in group exhibition "A table" in Istanbul.
  • 97 Takes part in the 7th Ferrari Women Cartoonists Biennial in Italy.
  • 98 Takes part in group exhibition in Paris.
  • 98 Takes part in group exhibition in Berlin.
  • 00 Solo exhibition in Amiens.
  • 06 Turkey's promotion in Europe in cooperation with TUSIAD and DHL
  • 06 Joint exhibition with Jean Plantu in Paris.
  • 06 Takes part in group exhibition in Nancy.
  • 06 Takes part in group exhibition, "Cartooning for Peace" in Atlanta.
  • 10 Takes part in group exhibition, "Women and Power" in NewYork.
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