Selime Okuyan is a Turkish born Uzbek who lives and works in New York and has held a studio at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center since 1994. She studied at the Art Student’s League and received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Her extensive travels in Central Asia has deeply impacted her vision and expanded her method of working. Although her primary background is in painting, much of the work is multi-media as her chief interests can be conceptual in nature using and repurposing objects found in her environment. Okuyan has exhibited and has work in private collections in the US, Turkey, Japan and Uzbekistan. She has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships.
Presently, Selime Okuyan is exploring printing, sewing and collaging on various surfaces. A recent project is based on a series of Turkic folk tales and fables that she translated from Uzbek.
"Book of Knots," 2016-2021. Fiber, henna, mixed media on paper pages; 8.5 x 14.5 x 2.5 inches. $3000