Born in 1961 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Kutluğ Ataman is a filmmaker and contemporary artist. Ataman's early works examine the ways in which people and communities create and rewrite their identities through self-expression, blurring the line between reality and fiction. His later works focus on history and geography as man-made constructs.

At the 2004 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, he won the top award and one of America's highest honours in art, the Carnegie Prize. In the same year he was one of the four shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize, the UK's most prestigious visual arts award and organised by Tate. He is also the recipient of numerous awards for his feature film work.

His art works have been shown at Documenta (2002), the Venice Biennale (1999) as well as the Biennials in Sao Paulo (2002 and 2010), Berlin (2001) and Istanbul (1997, 2003 and 2007). He was also in the London’s Tate Triennial in 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (2009), Kutluğ Ataman: Paradise and Küba, Vancouver Art Gallery (2008) and Ludwig Museum Cologne (2009), Paradise, the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (2007), De-Regulation With the Work of Kutluğ Ataman, MuHKA, Belgium (2006), Küba, Artangel (2005), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2005), Long Streams, Serpentine Gallery, London and Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre, Denmark (2002).

His works are in major international collections, including MoMA New York, Tate Modern, London, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, the Dimitris Daskalopoulos Collection, Athens and the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh.

fff was featured in London’s Whitechapel Gallery’s programme in April/May 2010. It was shown at Thomas Dane Gallery, London in March/April 2009. Mesopotamian Dramaturgies - a mutli-element new work, was exhibited in Linz from February to April as part of European Capital of Culture 2009. In 2009 Ataman's works were also shown in Istanbul, Basel, Lille, Milan, Gothenburg, Paris, Malmö, and Cologne. In April 2009 Kutluğ Ataman was the Chair of the Jury of the International Istanbul Film Festival. His feature film Journey to the Moon (2009) competed at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival and was screened at the BFI 53rd London Film Festival (both in 2009).  His most recent film, The Lamb (Kuzu), won the CICAE Art Cinema Award for best film in the Panorama Special section of the 2014 International Berlin Film Festival.

Mesopotamian Dramaturgies was one of the inaugural exhibitions at the new National Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome which opened in May 2010.  In 2010 Kutluğ Ataman's works were seen in exhibitions in Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Vienna, Sydney and London. 

He was selected one of the 2010 5 Artists of the Year in ArtAsiaPacific's annual Almanac, and in 2011 was Laureate of the 2011 European Cultural Fund "Routes" Princess Margriet Award for cultural diversity. 

His major solo exhibition "The Enemy Inside Me", at Istanbul Modern (Nov 2010 - March 2011), was seen by over 200,000 visitors. Over half a million visitors have viewed Küba during its 2011 showing as part of "The Luminous Interval D. Daskalopoulus Collection" at Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum. 

The UK's Brighton Festival presented Mayhem, a newly commissioned element of Mesopotamian Dramaturgies in May 2011 alongside SuMayhem was included in the ARTER showing of Mesopotamian Dramaturgies in Istanbul in late 2011, and in Ataman's solo exhibition at New York's Sperone Westwater gallery in late 2012.  Su, and two new works, Jarse and Forever in the new series Fiction were in the 12th Istanbul Biennial in 2011.  Silsel, a sculptural piece that invited visitors to participate in the creation of the work, was shown at the Istanbul International Theatre Festival in May 2012.

He exhibited in Madrid, Vancouver, Basel, Hobart, London and Istanbul in 2013. In 2014 works were seen in group and solo exhibitions in Hobart, São Paulo and Istanbul as well as in permanent collections.  His most recent work is THE PORTRAIT OF SAKIP SABANCI which opened in April 2014 at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul.   This is the work that was shown in the official selection curated by Okwui Enwezor at the 56th Venice Biennale from May to November 2015.  His works have also been exhibited in Denver, New York, Los Angeles and Istanbul during 2015.  In 2016 THE PORTRAIT OF SAKIP SABANCI was exhibited at the Summer Exhibition Royal Academy, London.

A full-length documentary film Kutluğ Ataman, directed by Metin Çavuş, charting Ataman's art career was issued in 2011.