Leyla Gediz

Style of Art : Artist / painter
Branch of Art : Painting
Art Profile :

Leyla Gediz was born in Istanbul in 1974. After finishing Österreichisches Sankt Georgskolleg, she went to London to study at Foundation Course Chelsea College of Art and Design in 1994, and then Slade School of Fine Art, University of London between 1995 and 1998. She completed her master’s degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London between 1998 and 1999. During her time at the Slade School, she received three awards in the Still Life competitions. Gediz’s first exhibition “Cool” was held in 1999 in London which was organized by Giacomo Pica.  Gediz also has exhibited internationally at the Istanbul Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama, Japan and the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin etc. Her works are very personal and therefore entirely subjective: each painting has been inspired by an experience Gediz has had in her life and she herself calls the collection of her works “a visual diary”. Although it is autobiographical, her art is not entirely self absorbed as she engages with the viewers on a humorous and emotional level. Gediz currently lives and works in Istanbul.

Selected Exhibitions:
1999 Cool, coordinated by Giacomo Picca, London, GB
2001 Sabanci University Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2001 10th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 
2001 7th International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey 2002 Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Istanbul, Turkey
2002 Nisantasi, Istanbul, Turkey
2002 Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2003 Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2003 Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
2003 Proje4L, Istanbul, Turkey
2003 Keciburcu, DSM, Diyarbakir, Turkey
2004 Aksanat, Istanbul, Turkey
2005 Garantie Platform Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
2005 Hot Spots: Istanbul, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
2005 Urban Reality: Focus Istanbul, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2005 Eindhoven-Istanbul, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, curated by Eva Meyer-Hermann and Charles Esche
2005 Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2006 Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2006 Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey
2006 Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2006 Garantie Platform Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
2007 K2, Izmir, Turkey
2007 Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2007 Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
2008 Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2008 Last Things, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
2008 Sampling, Athens, Greece
2008 Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

Reference: sanalmuze.org; artnet.com; wikipedia.org; Sotheby’s London Contemporary Art Turkish, 4 March 2009 (London 2009), p. 17 and 101.

Foundation : Rampa Gallery
Web Site : www.rampaistanbul.com
Email : serdogan@rampaistanbul.com
City : Istanbul
Country : Turkey
Preferred Lang. : Turkish / English
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