about

Derya Ozparlak
deryaozpr@gmail.com

BIO

Derya Ozparlak is a Canadian, Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, animation, stop-motion, and installation. Her artworks are about navigating identities and discrimination, cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism, urban life, white collars, environmental issues, and urban transformations. After Derya earned a Bachelor of Honours BFA in Sculpture from the Anadolu University in Turkey in 2008. Her artworks have been held in corporate, museum and public collections. They have also been exhibited and screened in galleries, art fairs and symposiums in Canada, Sweden, France, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the US, Spain, Beirut, Germany and Italy. She also received various awards from the artistic community in Turkey, India and Spain. Her artworks are held in corporate, private, museum and public collections. She is now pursuing her second BFA at OCAD University in the area of Experimental Animation. She lives and works in Toronto.

 

Derya opened her second solo exhibition, ‘Lightness’ in Istanbul (2013). She did an art workshop with children named the “Children and Cities Acknowledgement” Activity, organized by the Creative Children’s Association in Turkey and held in five different cities (2013-2014). Some of Derya’s notable exhibitions include “More with Less” Animation screening fest  Alliance Francaise de Toronto/ Canada (2023), Negotiating Diaspora: From The Personal To The Universal, Oeno Gallery (2021), Gallery Les plumes Beirut/Lebanon (2020) “Vuslat” Odunpazan Modern Museum Eskisehir/Turkey (2019) Toronto/Canada “Making space / Making place” In Situ Multi-Arts Festival- Small Arms Inspection Building – Mississauga (2018),  WICC “Diverse City” Canadal50 Toronto/Canada (2017), Gallery Mc Gruliler Courchevel/France (2017) “Engage The Past To Create The Future” In Situ Multi-Arts Festival Small Arms Inspection Building Mississauga (2016),  Proje 4L Elgiz Museum “Plaza Worker” Istanbul/Turkey (2015) Lightness” White Room Gallery Capri/ITALY, “İstanbul Breeze” Benerialto NYC/U.S.A (2014) and Chicago/ U.S.A,  Korean – Turkey Art Exhibition CRR Istanbul /Turkey (2013) Frühlingserwachen festival sculpture exhibition, Berlin/Germany (2011)  EMA, International Stone Sculpture Symposium Exhibition, Almeria /Spain (2006) Proje 4L Elgiz Museum “Plaza Worker” Istanbul/Turkey. She also participated in art fairs and sculpture symposiums,”Path of Possibilities” Artist Talk – North Central Library Toronto/ Canada (2018), The Artist Project/ Contemporary Art Fair” Toronto/Canada (2017), Contemporary Istanbul art fair (2014-15), 23rd International Istanbul Art Fair-Istanbul (2013),Sofa Art and Design Fair Chicago/U.S.A (2013) “The 5th International Ege Art Days”-Izmir (2013), Nesin Mathematics Village Marble Symposium-Izmir (2012), Komurcuoglu International sculpture Symposium-Denizli (2011), “47th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival” Film Set Sculptures-Antalya (2010). Side International Sand Sculpture Symposium, Antalya –Turkey(2007)  Mersin İnternational Sand Sculpture Symposium –Turkey EMA International Marble Symposium, Almeria – Spain (2006)

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Education

2022 -OCAD University, BFA, Experimental Animation- Toronto, ON, Canada

2004-2008 – Anadolu University, High Honors Degree, Fine Art Faculty Sculpture Department- Eskisehir,

Turkey

selected exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions and screening

2023- Light Up The Dark, AGA KHAN MUSEUM  Toronto/ Canada

2023 Animated Expression Expo Courseulles/ France

2023-Steve Aranson International Film Festival/ Costa Rica

2023- SWIFF Student World Impact Film Fest/ USA

2023-Rural Film Fest. Valencia/ Spain

2023- “The Breath” Sweden Film Festival  Boden/Sweden

2023-DXC23 Summit/ Democracy XChange TMU Toronto/ Canada

2023- Rohip International Film Festival  Tamil Nadu/ India

2023- “More with Less” Animation screening fest  Alliance Francaise de Toronto/ Canada

2023- Conversations/ Oeno Gallery, Toronto/Canada

2021 – Negotiating Diaspora: From The Personal To The Universal, Oeno Gallery,

Toronto/Canada

2020 – Gallery Les Plumes Beirut/Lebanon

2020 – “Terrestrial Break Free” M2M Colombo/Sri Lanka

2019 – Gallery Les Plumes Beirut/Lebanon

2019 – “Vuslat” Odunpazan Modern Museum Eskisehir/Turkey

2019 – Oeno Gallery Sculpture Garden Exhibition Toronto/Canada

2018 – Gallery Mc Gruliler Courchevel/France

2018 – In Situ Small Arm Inception Building Multi art festival Toronto/Canada

2018 – Oeno Gallery Sculpture Garden Exhibition Toronto/Canada

2018 – The Brain Project Toronto/Canada

2017 – Gallery Mc Gruliler Courchevel/France

2017 – WICC “Diverse City” Canadal50 Toronto/Canada

2017 – “The Artist Project/ Contemporary Art Fair” Toronto/Canada

2016 – “Engage The Past To Create The Future” In Situ Mississauga Toronto/Canada

2016 – Art Base Project “A Remix Of The Local” Istanbul/Turkey

2015 – Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul/Turkey

2015 – Proje 4L Elgiz Museum “Plaza Worker” Istanbul/Turkey

2015 – 42 Maslak “Maker Culture” Istanbul /Turkey

2014 – “İstanbul Breeze” Benerialto NYC/U.S.A

2013 – Ege Art Fair İzmir /Turkey

2013 – Hilton Asmus Contemporary Gallery ”Istanbul Breeze” Chicago/ U.S.A

2013 – Sofa Art and Design Fair Chicago/U.S.A

2013 – Korean – Turkey Art Exhibition CRR Istanbul /Turkey

2012 – 71st National Museum of Painting and Sculpture Ankara/Turkey

2012 – Rotary Art Exhibition Istanbul/Turkey

2012 – Rh+Art magazine “The Young Sculptor of the Year” Istanbul/Turkey

2011 – Frühlingserwachen festival sculpture exhibition, Berlin/Germany

2010 – “47. International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival” Esma Sultan Istanbul/ TURKEY

2009 – 69th National Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Ankara/Turkey

2007 – Başkent Rotary “Become Leader” sculpture contest exhibition, Ankara/Turkey

2006 – EMA, International Stone Sculpture Symposium Exhibition, Almeria /Spain

Awards

2023- SWIFF Student World Impact Film Fest- Honorable Mention

2023-Steve Aranson International Film Festival(Finalist)/ Costa Rica

2023- “The Breath” Sweden Film Festival Finalist Boden/Sweden

2023  Rohip International Film Festival Award Winner

2010 – Ankara Bar Association “Law as a Profession and Courthouses” contest, Turkey

2010 – Mention award, 29th Turgut Pura Sculpture competition, -Turkey

2009 – 1.Place Ankara Bar Association “Law as a Profession and Courthouses” contest, Turkey

2009 – 2.nd place, Erciyes University, 15th Bust Sculpture competition –Turkey

2008 – Mention award, 27th Turgut Pura Sculpture competition, -Turkey

2008 – Mention award, Sutcu Imam University- Turkey

2007 – Mention award, 26th Turgut Pura Sculpture competition, -Turkey

2006 – Mention award, EMA, International Stone Sculpture contest Almeria- Spain

2006 – 2nd place, and Best Team award, Mersin National Sand Sculpture Competition – Turkey

Selected Collections and Public installation

2019 – “ Unbeknown” OMM” Odunpazari Modern Museum Collection Eskisehir/TURKEY

2018 – “Mindful Emancipation” Brain Project Collection Toronto/ CANADA

2018 – “Terrestrial Break Free” M2M Beira Market Colombo-SRI LANKA

2016 – “My Life” KVK Collection Istanbul/TURKEY

2016 – “Voyage” Mercure Art Hotels Collection Istanbul/TURKEY

2015 – “Puzzle” Imago Mundi -Luciano Benetton Collection – ITALY

2015 – “Space” ” Odunpazari Modern Museum Collection Eskisehir/TURKEY

2015 – “One-way ticket please” Elsie Braidi Collection Beirut/ LEBANON

2014 – “Lightness” White Room Gallery Capri/ITALY

2014 – “OMM” Odunpazari Modern Museum Collection Eskisehir/TURKEY

2014 – Zorlu Center P.S.M “Perspective” Installation Istanbul/ TURKEY

2014 – “Lightness” Odeabank Levent 199 Collection Istanbul/ TURKEY

2013 – “Time of Lightness” Proje 4 L Elgiz Museum Collection Istanbul/ TURKEY

2012 – “ Violinist” Askaynak Collection İstanbul/ TURKEY

2011 – “Blacksmith” Eke Metal Denizli/TURKEY

2010 – “Tango and Musicians” Installation G.antep/TURKEY

2010 – “47. International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival” Installation Antalya/ TURKEY

 Symposiums

2018 – “Path of Possibilities” Artist Talk – North Central Library Toronto/ Canada

2012 – Nesin Mathematics Village Sculpture Symposium, İzmir –Turkey

2011 – Komurcuoglu International Marble Symposium, Denizli –Turkey

2007 – Side International Sand Sculpture Symposium, Antalya –Turkey

2006 – Mersin /Huzurkent İnternational Sand Sculpture Symposium –Turkey

2006 – EMA International Marble Symposium, Almeria – Spain