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Naz Kaya-Erdal

 
Artist
Houston
United States
Naz uses vibrant colors, distinct shapes and complex geometry with pure color to express her thoughts and emotions. The concept of her art is visualizing and seeing emotions through her paintings.  At the conceptual level, Naz uses nostalgia and karma as a few examples of subjects in her art. Naz describes herself as having a visual library in her mind which is applied to the canvas and that all life experiences can be witnessed in her art.

In her series 'myself and others', we can catch a glimpse of this introspectiveness and observation as she explores what is seen in herself and in others. Her use of bold colors, which sometimes contrast and sometimes are in perfect harmony, evoke strong emotion and nostalgia in the viewer. The placement and design of the geometry in the paintings also offer a sense of balance and direction to the emotional ride. Her art invites the viewer to experience emotions and tastes of color long forgotten and remembered once again. Naz says: 'Art is a form of visual communication... It's a visual communication, yet it touches to all of our senses. While doing art, I always follow my emotions'.
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Naz uses vibrant colors, distinct shapes and complex geometry with pure color to express her thoughts and emotions. The concept of her art is visualizing and seeing emotions through her paintings.  At the conceptual level, Naz uses nostalgia and karma as a few examples of subjects in her art. Naz describes herself as having a visual library in her mind which is applied to the canvas and that all life experiences can be witnessed in her art.

In her series 'myself and others', we can catch a glimpse of this introspectiveness and observation as she explores what is seen in herself and in others. Her use of bold colors, which sometimes contrast and sometimes are in perfect harmony, evoke strong emotion and nostalgia in the viewer. The placement and design of the geometry in the paintings also offer a sense of balance and direction to the emotional ride. Her art invites the viewer to experience emotions and tastes of color long forgotten and remembered once again. Naz says: 'Art is a form of visual communication... It's a visual communication, yet it touches to all of our senses. While doing art, I always follow my emotions'.

Bio

Naz Kaya-Erdal was born in 1974 in Ankara, Turkey. She attended Bilkent University and earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture & Environmental Design. In 1998, she moved to the United States where, in 2001, she completed her PhD in Environmental Design at Oklahoma State University. After receiving her PhD, Naz became an assistant professor at the University of Georgia, later receiving tenure as an associate professor in 2006 specializing in color and design In 2006, Naz moved to Houston, Texas. She began exhibiting her art at juried exhibitions as well as she enrolled in painting at the Glassell School of Art. Concurrently, Naz was also employed with Gensler, a top-tier design and architecture firm. Later, in 2010, Naz and her husband moved to Jakarta Indonesia where Naz worked full-time as a painter in her own studio. During her stay in Indonesia, she travelled around the Far East Asia. Her first solo exhibition called 'Inspiration: Transition' was a great success and several galleries, including the Maya Gallery, took notice of Naz's exceptional talent. In the same year, Maya Gallery displayed Naz's art in Singapore, where her art was well received. Naz has sold her elegant and evoking artwork in California, Illinois, New York, Texas, Florida, Indonesia, China, Australia, Turkey, Dubai, and Singapore. She is currently represented by Maya Gallery in Singapore. Naz resides in Houston, Texas, where she is the owner of her own studio, Kaya's Studio.

Events

Naz Kaya-Erdal - Kaya's art studio is located at Hardy and Nance and Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 5-9 pm, the studios are open to public and special art events happening every month. Part gallery, part studio, Hardy & Nance Studios is 15,000 square feet of pure creativity. This is an artist owned and operated event space & studios catering to the visual and performance arts within Houston's historic warehouse district. Award winning painters, sculptors, jewelry designers, videographers & photographers are already in residence at Hardy & Nance and the spaces will accommodate most visual arts media.

Exhibitions

2017 - 10'x10', Hardy and Nance Studios, Houston

2017 - Strictly Hardy, Hardy and Nance Studios, Houston

2016 - ArtCrawl, Houston, TX

2016 - Artist Exposed, Group show, JoMar Studios, Houston

2016 - Black and White, Group show, Hardy and Nance Studios, Houston

2016 - For the Love of God, Group show, Hardy and Nance Studios, Houston

2016 - 10' x 10' art, Group show, Hardy and Nance Studios, Houston

2015 - ArtCrawl, Houston, TX

2015 - Houston Artopia, Winter Street Studios, Houston, TX

2014 - Group show, Samara Gallery, Houston, TX

2014 - ArtCrawl, Houston, TX

2014 - Citizens of the World, BeHuman Gallery, Group show, Houston, TX

2014 - BISOU, BeHuman Gallery, Group show, Houston, TX

2014 - Kaya's Studio, January Featured Artist in Residence,  Hardy and Nance Studios, Houston, TX

2014 - Mixed Up!, Avenue Gallery, Group show, Houston, TX

2013 - RACE! ,Kallinen Gallery, Group show, Houston, TX

2013 - Bank Art Fair, Maya Gallery, Shangri-La, Hong Kong

2013 - Carrying the Seeds of the Past into the Future, Group Exhibition, Creative Women Unite, MECA, Houston, TX 

2013 - Hot & Cool, Art Katy Alliance, Group Exhibition, Katy, TX

2013 - Actuate Life, Duo Exhibition with Scott Cravens, JoMar Visions, Houston, TX

2013 - Archway 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Archway Gallery, Houston, TX

2013 - Salon des Refuses, Group Show, BLUEorange Gallery, Houston, TX

2013 - Collective Asia, Group Exhibition, Luxe Art Museum, Singapore

2013 - Encore!, Group Exhibition, Maya Gallery, Singapore

2013 - Colorful Chaos, Group Exhibition, Maya Gallery, Singapore

2013 - Galveston ArtWalk, Featured Artist, group show, Third Coast Gallery, Galveston, TX

2013 - Extra Extra!, A News Media Art Show, Kallinen Gallery, Houston, TX

2013 - Summerview 4, Group Exhibition, Artists Alive and Well, Phoenix Tower, Houston, TX

2013 - The Power of Women: Living Life Through Our Eyes, Group Show, Arena Salon & Spa, Houston, TX

2013 - Group shows, JoMar Visions, Hardy & Nance Studios, Houston, TX

2012 - Inspiration: Transition, Solo Exhibition, Four Seasons Hotel; Jakarta, Indonesia

2012 - City Sidewalk, Group Exhibition, Gandaria City; Jakarta, Indonesia

2012 - Sense of Arts, Special invitation, Gandaria City; Jakarta, Indonesia 

2012 - Romantic Valentine, Sense of Arts, Group Exhibition, Central Park; Jakarta, Indonesia

2011 - Celebrating Christmas, Sense of Arts, Group Exhibition, Gandaria City; Jakarta

2010 - New Directions, Group Exhibition, Continental Center I; Houston, TX

2010- Spirit of Spring, Group Exhibition; Houston, TX

2009 - Winter Solstice, Juried Exhibition, JP Morgan Heritage Hall; Houston, TX

2009 - Millennium Tower, Group Exhibition, Houston, TX

2008 - Urban Life, Group Exhibition, Three Allen; Houston, TX

2008 - Artists Alive and Well, Group Exhibition, One Allen Center; Houston, TX 

2008 - Artists Alive and Well, Juried Group Exhibition, Continental Building; Houston, TX

2007 - Glassell School of Art, Houston; Juried Student Work Exhibition, Houston, TX

2007 - Artists Alive and Well, Group Exhibitions; Eastman Gallery, Houston, TX

1996-1997 Sabri Akca Art Studio, Group show, Ankara, Turkey

More info

Art Auction/Fundraising: 2017 - SidHarta Auctioneers, Artfordable Art Auction, Jakarta, Indonesia 2016 - Northrise University Fundraiser Auction, Houston, TX 2016 - Art for Hope, Bering Omega, Houston, TX ?2016 - Frostwood Elementary School Fundraiser Auction, SBISD 2015 - Frostwood Elementary School Fundraiser Auction, SBISD 2014 - SidHarta Auctioneers, Artfordable Art Auction, Jakarta, Indonesia 2014 - Art for Hope, Bering Omega, Wade Wilson Gallery, Houston, TX ?2014 - Travis Elementary School Fundraiser Auction, HISD 2013 - Frostwood Elementary School Fundraiser Auction, SBISD 2013 - SidHarta Auctioneers, Artfordable Art Auction, Jakarta, Indonesia 2012- Jakarta International School, JIS Peduli, Jakarta, Indonesia?

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