Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Yildiz Grodowski spent most of her life in the Boston area. These two cultures constantly enrich and inspire her. In her early years, she designed sets for stage performances and residential interiors. If she doesn’t find art, art finds her.
Prior to painting, Yildiz sculpted with clay. Then downsizing made her a painter. But in true form, Yildiz doesn’t know how to keep things small. From working with watercolors in the corner of a living room, and with multiple spaces in between, her paintings led her to a spacious studio.
An international award winner, her work is exhibited in solo and group shows, and collected both nationally and internationally. She is a member of multiple art associations.
As a visual artist and a dancer, I find many connections between abstract painting and improvisational dance. Just as I let the music move me from within, I allow my artistic intuition to bring my brush to life.
I make art because I don’t know how to live without creating. The foundation of my art is connections. I aim to communicate the essence of a relationship or place with my visual language. In my art, ideas and expressions are more important than the materials. My goal is to transport the viewer to a place, person or moment in their life.
I create abstract paintings with harmonious and brave colors. Using acrylic, mixed media, and collage material, I love exploring with unusual tools for surprising and delightful effects.
My paintings go through three stages. I start by playing with colors and marks, following my intuition, only allowing my technical knowledge here and there. Then comes the ugly stage. Nothing seems to be working, the colors and shapes struggle to be saved. It’s tempting to discard the work right here, but I always push through knowing the beauty I can create. This connection to my work brings me to the home stretch.
I will never sign a piece until I’m completely connected with it. Once I am, you will be too.
I strive to make art that is personal, visually pleasing, warm, strong, and a bit playful. I try to convey certain intellect and human emotion. It’s art...it’s open to anybody’s interpretation!
Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey BFA
(formerly State Academy of Fine Arts)
Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul Turkey MFA
Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A. MS
N.H. Institute of Art, Manchester, NH Certificate Degree
"Welcome To My Studio" - May, 2021
Artist Interview wth Yildiz at Somerville Media Center, Oct 12, 2018