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"Living in the US-Mexico border region, I experience both cultures first hand in my daily life, while also filtering both cultures through the lens of the Turkish culture that I grew up in.
My art seeks to challenge the common understanding of conventions by altering our perceptions through repurposed objects juxtaposed in innovative ways."
Beliz Iristay






Turkish-American living in San Diego, California


Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada, Mexico



1990-1997   Le Lycee de Tevfik Fikret, Izmir,Turkey

1998-2003   BFA from Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Fine Arts,

 Traditional Turkish Ceramic, Tiles and Restoration Department, Izmir, TURKEY


Solo Shows­

January 2023 Riverside Museum of Art, Riverside, Los Angeles

Sept.2021  Tracing Acculturations,  Lux Art Institute, Encinitas,San Diego

April 2020  San Diego  International Airport of Arts ,Make Yourself at Home

March 2020  San Diego Kearny Mesa College Gallery,Ludicrous Tales: A Topsy Turvy Quartet

January 2019 Ma Vie Mavi / Behind the Blue - Athaneum Museum of Art &Library, La Jolla , San Diego

July 2018  I Know You Really Don’t Care

 Bread & Salt , Barrio Logan , San Diego   

March 2018 OKU/READ   El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas

May 2015  Ship in The Woods, “Conquest”, 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

July  2013 Galeria de Ciudad, CEARTE , Ensenada, Mexico

April2009  Insani-ty, Gallery The Front CasaFamiliar Foundation,SanDiego


Group Shows

  • Athenaeum exhiSabition: Marking Time: What Athenaeum Artists Create in Quaranti44

Feb.4 Lost In Translation: A Game of Telephone:Central Library Art Gallery,San Diego Public Library

Sep.2022 San Diego Art Prize exhibition,Bread& Salt Gallery,San Diego 

May 2022 Atheaneum Exhibition , Marking Times ,La Jolla 

Feb 2020 Ilumination,San Diego Art Institute ,Balboa PArk,San Diego

Sept. 2018 Beyond the Age of Reason, SDAI ,Balboa Park,San Diego

Sept. 2018 MCASD Being Here with YOU/ Estando aqui contigo

April 2018 Annual Auction Group Show , MCSD,San Diego

Nov 2017 SOFA Art Fair, Chicago

August 2017 4th National California Ceramic Biennal , Brea Gallery, La  Brea

May 2017 San Diego Botanical Garden Show, Encinitas, San Diego

March 2017 Salacia/Mujeres del Puerto, CEARTE, Mexico

Dec 10 2016 San Diego/Baja California Biennal, SDAI, San Diego

Nov 4 2016  Noysky Projects, The Origin of Species/ Los Angeles

August 2016 1er National Biennal de Ceramica, Cecut, Tijuana-Mexico

March 2016 Mas Attack 9, SDAI, San Diego, CA, USA

Jan 2016 Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles, Sergiott Alliance,

Jan 2016 Red Dot Miami Art Fair

Sergiott Alliance, Florida,Miami

Jan 2016 Artist & Mentorship , Gallery D, San Diego  

May 2015 San Diego Art Prize 2015

New Contemporaries VIII , Valencia Gallery ,San Diego

Feb 2015 Mas Attack 8, SDAI, San Diego, CA, USA

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