Yaprak Akinci was born in Istanbul in 1984.

 

Her work is profoundly affected by the frantic architectural transformation and unfettered construction that she has observed over many years. With the confines of the city relentlessly pushed back, her paintings suggest the inevitability of barren post-industrial landscapes, where consumption has given way to degeneration and, ultimately, extinction.

 

Her dark interpretation of colour and use of intangible forms and structures create a sense of heightened tension but also one of potent silence.

 

A graduate of the illustrious Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Akinci has produced work in sectors as varied as graphic design, photography, cinema and engraving, all of which continue to inform and enrich her compositions.

 

In 2010, she moved to Rome to study for a Masters in Graphic Arts, where painting became the focus of her artistic output. Her first personal exhibition was held in the city in 2014.

 

She has exhibited at shows in Istanbul, Rome and London, where she is now based. 

EDUCATION

Accademia delle Belle Arti di Roma, Masters in  Graphic Arts, 2014

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University of Istanbul, Bachelors in Graphic Design, 2010

Upcoming Exhibition

2021 Milli Reasurans Art Gallery, Istanbul

SOLO EXHIBITION

2014 Remnants, Cultural Office of the Turkish Embassy, Rome

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Willesden Gallery, London

2017  Celeste Prize, Bargehouse, London

2017  Trace, Mavi Art Studio, London

2013  Factory Festival, MACRO, Rome

 

PAINTING PERFORMANCE

2012  Affordable Art Fair AOP Project, MACRO, Rome

 

WORKSHOP

2012  3rd International Art Dialogues, Istanbul

 

FAIRS

2018  Artrooms, London

2017  Artrooms, London

 

AWARDS

2017  Celeste Prize 3rd Place, London

2016  International Confederation of Art Critics 1st Place, London

2015  UbqArt Award 3rd Place, London

2013  INAIL Painting Award Finalist, Rome

2013  ‘XXVII FIBRENUS’ Finalist, Sora

2012  ‘l’Arte Genera l’Arte’ PremioTerna04 1st Place, Rome

 

PUBLICATIONS

2017 International Confederation of Art Critics, ‘’Yaprak Akinci - Meditative Solitude of Subconscious''