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Born in Izmir,Turkey, Beliz graduated from Dokuz Eylul Fine Art University with a focus on Turkish Ceramics Arts. She moved to both USA and Mexico in 2005. 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. Beliz now passes on her ceramic knowledge by teaching in her studio in Ensenada-Mexico. She continues to explore new ways to develop her art in different forms.
She has shown her work internationally in Usa,Turkey and Mexico.She got nominated for arts grants and public art projects in San Diego,Ca and Izmir,Turkey. She now lives between in Baja California, Mexico and in San Diego, California with her family.

Photo credit: Stefan Falke

Solo Shows

May 2015
Ship in The Woods, San Diego, CA, USA

Dec. 2014
Red Dot Miami Art Fair, Sergiott Alliance,Miami,Florida

Nov. 2014
San Diego Art Fair, SDAI, San Diego, CA, USA

Agust 2013
Internal Intensions-External Pressure
CEARTE (Centro Cultural Artes de Ensenada) Galeria Ciudad, Baja California, Ensenada

April 2009
Insanity, Gallery The Front, San Diego, CA

 

Group Shows

May 2015
New Contemporaries VIII San Diego Art Prize 2015 Valencia Gallery,SAn Diego,CA

February 2015
Mas Attack 8, SDAI, San Diego,CA

January 2015
Centenniel of Balboa Park, SDAI, San Diego,CA

December 2014
RED DOT Miami ART FAIR, Miami,Florida

November 2010
Biennal de Estandartes, Bilqi’s Destiny, CECUT, Tijuana, Mexico

October 2009
Trade Show California

June – July 2008
San Diego Garage Gallery, San Diego

August 2008
Los Angeles Edgar Varela Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles

October 2008
Istanbul Isik Universty Gallery
, Istanbul, Turkey

March 2008
Gallery The Front, Mujeres, San Diego,CA

March 2004
Estero Beach Hotel, Group Show, Ensenada, Mexico

February 2000
Adnan Franko Art Gallery, Group Show, Izmir, Turkey

February 1999
Adnan Franko Art Gallery, Group Show, Izmir, Turkey

June 1999
Dokuz Eylul University,Group Show, Izmir, Turkey

 

Public and Private Commissions

Jan.2012
Independent Contractor for AjA Project – City Heights Public Park Mural Project,San Diego,CA

December 2009
Illustrator of San Diego Airport Public Art Project for artists Einar and Jamex De la Torre, San Diego, CA

September 2009
Ceramic sculptures production for Strauss Residency, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego,CA

June 2005
Private Commission, Ceramic Mural at Gaum Residency, Izmir, Turkey


Work Experience

2007- 2010
Artist and Studio Assistant, Leight Works, Point Loma,San Diego, CA

2005-2006
Artist Assistant, Therman Statom Studio, Escondido, San Diego, CA

2003 – 2004
Artist assistant and glass mold maker, The Glass Furnace School, Istanbul, Turkey
Teaching Assistance with:
Rene Culler, Fusion Production, U.S.A
Giampaolo Amoruso, Glass Blowing, Belgium
Angela Thwaites, Kiln Casting, England

2006 – 2007
Art and Crafts Instructor,Boys Scouts San Diego, After school Program,San Diego, CA

2006 – 2008
French Translator for Vista Unified School District, Vista, CA

2001-2003
Art Instructor, Olive Art Studio, Izmir, Turkey
Traditional Turkish pottery and mosaics techniques, ceramics mural designs, mold making, slip casting.

Education

BFA – Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Traditional Ceramic Tiles and Tile Restoration

 

Languages

Fluent in Turkish, English, Spanish and French

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.