My name is
Derya Yılmaz


Educational Background
Marbling Course Certificate, Culture Ministry / Ankara / Turkey
Gazi University Fine Arts Faculty, Turkey, 2011
Studied painting under professors Mehmet Yilmaz, Cebrail Otgun and assistant professor Lutfi Ozden
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey (continue for master degree)

Pain is a holy wound which suffers a lot and make face to face with our boundaires...



2006 The Art of paper Marbling Group Exhibition, Basın Merkezi / Ankara / Turkey
2010 Akhisarsanat 2. Year Group Exhibition, Akhisar Art Association / Manisa
2010 Şile Municipality Culture and Art Events Group Exhibition, Management of Culture and Social Affairs / İstanbul / Turkey
2013 The end of Summer Group Exhibition, Madalion Art / Ankara / Turkey
2013 Artist 2013 / 23. International Istanbul Art Fair, Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center / İstanbul / Turkey
2016 Berliner Liste / Galerie Böhner / Art Fair Berlin / Germany
2016 Le Stanze Dell’Arte / Galleria D’Arte Mentana Firenze / Florence / Italy
2017 Art Generations / Galleria Merlino / Florence / Italy
2017 Untold Stories / Pub 17a / Istanbul / Turkey 2017 August Contemporary New York / Rosso Cinabro / Rome / Italy
2017 Rome Contemporary / Rosso Cinabro / Rome / Italy
2017 Artworks Connections / Rosso Cinabro / Rome / Italy
2017 The Day of Contemporary Art / Rosso Cinabro / Rome / Italy
2017 Artistes du Monde / Galleria D’Arte Mentana / Cannes / France


"Pain covers people deeply"

Pain is a holy wound which suffers a lot and make face to face with our boundaires. I paint my holy wound. Painting pain is not a theraphy as it is thought on the contrary. It hurts more and more, it burns more. But still i want to paint my pain insanely. My holly wound is the thing which draws me paint my pain. I know that i will paint my holly wound in my whole life. And you know what i am awake of that i'm painting my holly wounds in a odd rituel and making them eternal and blessing. It starts passionately and i become eternal like my paintings. Then i die in front of my paintings without my losing spirit. I can't describe feeling death while i'm still alive. In real life, we sometimes feel on the border of death and it is the time you really breath. Maybe all of our struggle is just for breathing. Pain covers people deeply. Pain like death is fated on our forehead. No one can clain to escape from it. It never forgets anybody and gives unforgetable lessons to us while life still continues...


First body suffers the pain. It will finish oneday but it will leave its mark. My paintings are sum of my life experiences and they are also a tale of my life.