Claire Arkas was born in 1978 in Izmir. Between 1997-1999, she completed preparatory studies at the Ecole Cantonale d'Arts du Valais in Sierre, Switzerland. Between 2000-2003, she studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Arkas, who studied etching, painting and lithography during this period, continues her art work especially in the fields of pencil drawing, lithography and oil painting. The artist, who has held more than ten exhibitions in Turkey and abroad since 2004, produced original printmaking at the Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts in 2015. Arkas lives and works in Istanbul.

“I was exposed to new experiences, both technically and intellectually, at the Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts under the supervision of Süleyman Saim Tekcan. In his studio, there was a lively and cooperative environment with other artists, unlike a solo process. This environment has inspired my art production.” Claire Arkas