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Derya Kolcuoglu Biography
Derya Kolcuoglu was born in Eskisehir, Turkey and attended University of Istanbul, receiving a B.Sc. degree in Business Commerce and M.A. in Accounting and Auditing in 1987. Besides pursuing her professional career in Finance and Accounting as a CPA, she has attended silk fabric painting and porcelain painting courses at Caferaga Medrasa, Traditional Turkish Services Foundation, Yildiz Palace Porcelain Painting and Yesil Ev Traditional Hand-craft Institutions and participated in several joint exhibitions in Istanbul, between 1993 and 1999. Her works is inspired by traditional Turkish motifs and Iznik designs. She mainly uses hand-woven Odemis silk and/or porcelain as a canvas for her paintings.
My subject matter is traditional Turkish art. I find my inspiration in Iznik and Kutahya ceramic designs and classic Turkish embroidery motifs.
I use traditional motifs on a locally hand-woven Odemis silk, to capture the excellence of 15th– 16th century’s ceramic art on textile. Marvelous details of Iznik designs are captured in the movement of my brush as it meets the silk.
Since "there is no going back and correcting when painting on silk fabric ” and I feel this makes my art unique and authentic. It is such a joy to carry the trace of my country’s history through art to future generations.