The guests invited to attend, last Tuesday, at the Turkish Embassy, the opening ceremony of the art exhibition titled “World Flowers,” on the occasion of International Women’s Day, had the privilege not only to admire superb paintings with floral motifs but also to meet Irina Akkaya, the author of the paintings that show a lot of talent and sensitivity.
After the brief festive moment in which H.E. Osman Koray Ertas, the ambassador of Turkey to Bucharest, eulogized the activity of the young artist, we had the chance to talk with Irina Akkaya, who told us about her activity, work and achievements:
“I started drawing in my childhood, about 20 years ago, with illustrations from History books. Few years later, I became interested in Japanese culture, and I start drawing Manga characters, Anime; after that I started also designing cloths for ladies. I developed my skills, studying Art and Fashion with artists as Valeria Tofan, Ioana Avram, Adrian Oianu, Ovidiu Buta, Gabriela Tzilica, Shingo Sato, Eiko Takagi, at School of Art & Style and also at UnArte Bucharest. Meanwhile, I got engaged in various cultural activities, painting exhibitions and also in Fashion area – about this you can find more on my Fan Page Irina Akkaya, https://facebook.com/akkaya.irina.”
“I like creating art so I will keep working on both parts – art (painting, drawing) and Fashion Design”.
“I worked naïve art, sacred art, I continued with realist art, having nature as inspiration, photography. Now I am trying to move toward hyperrealism. As working technique, the most often used is oil on canvas, but I also work in water colour – fashion illustrations, crayon – portraits, acrylics on canvas or wall,” Irina Akkaya told us.
Irina has had several exhibitions so far, from which we mention:
2014 – Ottoman Heritage in Romania – Personal Exhibition of paintings in collaboration with Türk İş Adamları Derneği (Romanya) – TIAD and Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – Bucharest Türk Kültür Merkezi in the Turkish-Romanian Business Forum – at JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel;
2012 – Personal Painting Exhibition, Concept Gallery, Carol Ave. No. 24, 2nd District, Bucharest, Romania
2012 – International Painting Exhibition in Katowice, Poland
2012 – National Painting Exhibition in Bacau, Romania – The County Center for Preservation and Promotion the Traditional Culture, Bacau – The Culture Center „George Apostu”.
We wish Irina Akkaya a lot of success and we eagerly wait for the next painting exhibitions that would thrill the audience just as “World Flowers” thrilled us at the Turkish Embassy.