Tuğçe Diri was born in Eskişehir in 1984. She graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2010, with a degree from Applied Lithography Atelier and Painting Department. In 2019, she completed her Master's degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Painting Department with the thesis "Reflections of Traditional Arts on Contemporary Turkish Painting".
Working in series and using materials such as acrylic / oil paint, charcoal / ink pencil, collage, fabric, yarn, she holds drawing at the beginning of her production practice. Drawing is always at the core of her work. Diri is influenced by a wide range of periods and techniques, from Arte Povera to Surrealism, from the dynamism of Abstract Expressionists to the design and text-painting traditions of Islamic Arts. Exhibiting a synthesisist spirit in her productions, blending the concepts of history, memory, culture and nature with the visual culture based on tradition, Tuğçe Diri collides cultural distinctions and similarities in the context of art and craft on a formal plane.
Tuğçe Diri lives and works in Istanbul.

 
 

Education 

1997-2002 Eskişehir Anatolian Fine Arts High School 

2004-2010 Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Painting, B.A. 

2004-2010 Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Print Making 

2013-2019 Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Painting, M.F.A. 

Thesis: “Reflections of Traditional Arts on Contemporary Turkish Painting”


Publications & Workshops & Artist Residencies & Talks 

2022 Live Drawing Performance, Vrijhof Culture, University of Twente, Enschede 

2022 AreHolland, 3 Months Artist Residency, Netherlands  

2020 The Stones Tell: Essays on Fragments and Temporal Fractures, Salt Online Study Groups: Workshop By Hera Büyüktaşçıyan 

2018 Artist Talk, Another World, in conversation with Gizem Gedik, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul 

2018 ‘Another World’ Exhibition Catalogue, 500 Hard Copies by Anna Laudel Gallery 

2017 Open Studio Days, Workshop, İstanbul 

Selected Exhibitions  

2022 'Hits Different', Vision Art Platform, İstanbul 

2022 'The Cyclical Nature Of Time', Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul 

2022 'Mono-Signs', Anna Laudel Gallery, Düsseldorf (solo) 

2022 Contemporary İstanbul, Anna Laudel Gallery, Tersane İstanbul, İstanbul  

2022 Mono-Signs, Residency Exhibition, Vrijhof Culture, Enschede (solo)  

2022 Artweeks Akaretler, Interdisciplinary Art Project, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul 

2022 'A Repertoire of Extinctions', Vision Art Platform, İstanbul, Curated by: Çağrı Saray 

2021 'Yeniden', İstanbul AKM Gallery, İstanbul, Curated by: Haldun Dostoğlu, Gizem Gedik 

2021 Contemporary İstanbul, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul  

2021 'Residual Recollection', Simbart Projects, İstanbul 

2020 Step İstanbul, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul 

2020 Contemporary İstanbul, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul  

2019 Art Market II, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul 

2019 Step İstanbul, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul 

2019 ‘Housewarming II’, Anna Laudel Gallery, Düsseldorf 

2019 Contemporary İstanbul, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul  

2019 ‘A Place I Can Learn’, Group Exhibition, Endless Art Taksim, İstanbul 

2018 ‘Another World’, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul (solo) 

2018 Art Market I, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul 

2018 Contemporary İstanbul, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul  

2018 ‘Seeing the Small Picture’, Academician Art Center, İstanbul 

2017 ­ ‘21 Ways of Being an Ideal Artist’, Academician Art, İstanbul 

2017 ‘Rooms And Walls’, Anna Laudel Contemporary, İstanbul 

2017 Contemporary İstanbul, Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul  

2017 ‘Complicated’, Imoga Art Space, Istanbul 

2016 ‘Loop’ , Anna Laudel Gallery, İstanbul (solo) 

2011 9. Exhibition of International Art Festival, Monastir, Tunisia 

2011 Küçükçekmece Municipality Painting Competition Exhibition, Küçükçekmece Cennet Culture and Art Center, İstanbul 

2010 Artist 2010 Art Fair, TÜYAP Beylikdüzü, İstanbul 

2009 ARTSHOW Gallery Selvin, İstanbul 

2009 İpek Ahmet Merey Painting Competition Exhibition, Osman Hamdi Bey Hall, İstanbul