Beliz Iristay is a Turkish-American mix- media artist, born in Izmir, Turkey, lives in Ensenada,Mexico.
She studied Traditional Turkish Ceramics at Izmir Dokuz Eylul University where she got her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. After she finished her thesis, she started to work at the International Glass Furnace School in Istanbul as a teaching assistant and glass production mold maker.
She moved to United States on 2005 and build her ceramic studio in Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada , Mexico.
In her work, Beliz often uses the venerable traditions of her home country(s) and combines them with contemporary techniques. She collects the subject materials for her work from the traditions and politics of the countries she is living in.
In 2008 she had her first solo show in Front Gallery founded by Casa Familiar Foundation in San Diego, CA. In 2010 she participated in the Biennal De Estantardes in Tijuana, Mexico. In 2015 she got nominated for San Diego Art Prize. Fallowing the prize, she made a glass installation piece for Balboa Park Centennial in San Diego Art Institute and the same piece got selected for El Paso Museum of Art Border Biennal and her installation piece got first prize at the biennal .
The prize fallowed by her first solo museum show called OKU/READ in 2017 with in El Paso Museum of Art in Texas.
Mexican Adobe brick series brought her three individual prizes including the National Ceramic Biennal of Mexico and 4th National Ceramic Biennal of California in Brea,CA in the years between 2015 to 2017. In 2018, with “ Precious” she received recently a Jury prize in Ljubliana International Ceramic Biennal in Slovenia.
Since 2014 to 2018 she has been showing at international art fairs such as SOFA Chicago, Miami Red Dot Art Fair Miami, Los Angeles Art Fair with Sergott Contemporary.
Beliz now passes on her ceramic knowledge by teaching ceramics in her studio TURKMEX in Guadalupe Valley in Ensenada-Mexico. She does artist,residencies, private commissions and public art commissions. She continues to explore new ways to develop her art in different forms. She now lives as a “border artist” between in Baja California, Mexico and in San Diego, California with her family.