Filiz Soyak


Filiz Soyak

Filiz is deeply influenced by her experiences and multicultural upbringing. Born to Turkish and Swedish parents in Belgium, she spent most of her childhood in Japan, before moving to the U.S. Never one to turn down an opportunity to explore a new culture, she lived in Jordan and Barbados before moving to Brooklyn, NY in 2010. Her heritage and wanderlust provide continuous inspiration and perspective. Filiz's work has been exhibited internationally and is part of art collections worldwide.


My creative energy thrives on the challenges and rewards of navigating through new environments and diverse cultures. Born in Belgium to a Swedish mother and a Turkish father, raised in Japan and the United States, and never one to turn down an adventure, my travels and global sojourns continuously feed and inspire me. I love discovering the world, its history, mystery, places and people. The sensory feast found in tradition, ritual, and culture endlessly fascinate and excite me. Making art helps me process what I’ve seen, been moved by, felt and sometimes forgotten. It allows me to process what I can’t describe, telling a story that has no words. Rather, much like a memory or dream, painting allows me to explore and understand the deep visceral impressions life is all about. I am drawn to the energy of ancient places and worn surfaces of time. I use mixed media to create layers that expose and conceal textures and color. While my work is personal in nature, I hope it can resonate and converse with your memories and stories. I am delighted that I am able to share it with you. "Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love". -Rumi


b. 1979
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • 2008Lesley University, MA
  • 2001University of Vermont, BA
  • 2014Relics, Exhibit A Salon, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2011Passages Remembered, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2008Impressions, Zara Gallery, Jordan
  • 2006Fusions, Modern Eye Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • 2005Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
  • 2004Art Institute of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • 2003Striving to be Conscious, Gallery Ef, Shinjuku, Japan
  • 2002Faces, Sky Lounge, Shinjuku, Japan
  • 2008The Churchill Gallery, Newburyport, MA
  • 2007Wanderlust, Gallery Anthony Curtis, Boston, MA
  • 20063 Women, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 20052 Women; 2 Coasts: Filiz Soyak & Catherine Woskow, Modern Eye Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • 2004Abstraction Today, Modern Eye Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • 2004Introductions, Modern Eye Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • 2010Fort Point Open Studios, Boston, MA
  • 2007Fort Point Open Studios, Boston, MA
  • 2006Fort Point Open Studios, Boston, MA
  • 2005Fort Point Open Studios, Boston, MA
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