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Naz Kaya

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Acrylic Collage Mixed Media Oil Painting Pastel Wood

Naz Kaya was born in 1974 in Ankara, Turkey. Her studies took her to Bilkent University where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture & Environmental Design. She went on to complete her PhD in 2001 at Oklahoma State University where she received her doctorate in Environmental Design. After finishing her studies, she accepted an assistant professor position in 2006 at the University of Georgia, where she received tenure as an associate professor specializing in color and design. In 2006, Naz moved to Houston to work with a top-tier design and architecture firm and to further enrich her art career. She began exhibiting her art at juried exhibitions and enrolled in a painting course at the Glassell School of Art. Later, in 2010, Naz moved to Jakarta Indonesia where she committed to art and painting full-time. During her stay in Indonesia for about 3 years, she travelled around the Far East Asia. Her first solo exhibition in Indonesia called “Inspiration: Transition” was a great success. Coming back, Naz now resides in Houston where she owns and operates her studio, Kaya’s Studio. Continuing her passion for art education, Naz teaches art in the public school setting, along with private lessons. She enjoys sharing her knowledge while encouraging her students to find their own self-expression.

As an abstract and expressionist artist, Naz shares her emotions and thoughts through vibrant colors, distinct shapes, and complex geometry. With every color placement, you can visualize and see emotion through her paintings.