NURİYE SEVGİ DİZLEK YİĞİTERHAN
Nuriye Sevgi Dizlek Yiğiterhan was born in 1979 in Izmir. She studied Technical and Architectural Drawing Section at Specialty Industrial Technical School between 1993 and 1996. Then, she was admitted to the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting at Dokuz Eylül University, which has one of the top rank fine arts departments in Turkey, in 1999. While she was still an undergraduate student, she was actively involved in the 1st International Meeting of Students of Graphic Arts Students in 2002, which is one of the most prestigious events in fine arts. She opened her first private exhibition at German Cultural Center in Izmir, in 2003. After four years of theoretical and applied fine arts, she completed her B.A. studies with a dissertation titled, “The Life and Art of George Baselitz” in 2004. Throughout her B.A. studies, she was honored to be a student of the well-known Turkish academicians and artists in the field of fine arts, such as Prof. Dr. Fevzi Saydam, Prof. Dr. Cuma Ocaklı, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Rasim Özgür.
Following her graduation, she was even more actively involved in fine arts and drawing. For example, she was responsible for stage setting and scenery works for several projects. She also became a member of International Association of Plastic Arts (UPSD) in the same year. In addition, she served as an Art Director for Istanbul Graphical Art Museum (IMOGA) between the years of 2005 - 2008. This post was crucial for her to meet the important figures in her field and gain first hand understanding and appreciation fine arts and fine arts teaching. Concurrently, she keeps training students by opening classes on gravure (engraving), tree, and linoleum print-making, all of which extended her theoretical and applied knowledge in contemporary applications in her field.
In 2007, she passed another milestone in her career when she was accepted to hold her second personal exhibition, named “Looking at Istanbul” at a prestigious art gallery located in the Beyoglu district in Istanbul, which known for its special place in fine arts. Following this accomplishment, she served as a visual art teacher at Izmir College, Izmir for a few years. She has also taken part in so many local and regional social responsibility projects organized by Izmir and Istanbul municipalities between the years of 2009 to 2015. These projects were mostly designed to increase the awareness of fine arts to socio-economically less-privileged students.
Then in 2009, having a burning desire to apply all of the knowledge she gained through her educational and professional journeys, she opened a private art and crafts studio in Izmir. Through her art studio, she not only further honed her arts and crafts skills but also taught and served hundreds of students from primary school to undergraduate levels. The pictures produced in her art gallery have so far been exhibited at more than 40 nationwide exhibitions, and were rewarded with 4 prestigious nationwide awards.
Overall, she prefers to utilize template technique and try to reflect cultural and Islamic symbols, the status of human being and the nature and the role of culture in people’s life. Currently, she actively continues her art studies in Doha, Qatar as well as Izmir, Turkey.