Nicole Mano

I was born on the 5th of November in Istanbul, Turkey. I am currently studying in Rotterdam, Netherlands. I honestly can not remember a time when art was not a part of my life. I was always a dreamer.

When I was a little girl, I would view life as a fairytale and people were heroes, princesses, villains...etc. in my eyes. There comes a time in our lives where we have to come face to face with the reality of life, however I did not want to loose my wonderland, so I poured everything into my paintings. My paintings are like the episodes of a tv series.

They are all connected, however each one of them tell a different story. I feel like everyone can relate to my work because although our experiences are different we all get similar emotions. I like working with textures and layers instead of flat surfaces because my paintings are inspired by chaotic emotions and the ups and downs of life. As a result of me creating new things while I’m continuously growing and changing, my pieces represent different values.

I frequently use gold in my pieces because I associate gold with beauty and value. To create mystery, I use depth in my paintings. This way, with every glance you notice another detail and everyday you discover something new about it. Over time, the admonitions we hear from people turn into clichés.

They lose their value and their impact. But I think the valuable lessons we learn from life should be seen. That is why behind all my paintings there is a story, a message and countless thoughts.

RECOGNITION AND AWARDS

Honors

 

Academic Honor awarded for GPA, Grade 11 :80,21/100

Social Honor in Grade 11: Created a short movie for the ceremony of March 18th Martyrs Day and 104th Anniversary of Canakkale Victory.

Social Honor in Grade 10: Açı Schools Personal Art Exhibition

Art & Design Involvement, Aci Schools, Istanbul              2019

Gained recognition regarding works in fine arts and design, displayed artworks in exhibitions. Designed mugs for Aci Schools Alumni Association

Designed and coordinated the manufacturing of hoodies for seniors

 

Distinction Award           2015, Israel

 

Special Mention Award and 5th. place at ‘My Family Story’ International Competition among contestants from all the world organized by Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People in Israel. The one and only attendant from Turkey.

 

Professional Achievements       2018-present

Sold paintings and works of art at individual exhibitions              

Designed the cover of the music album ‘Kanatlarla’ on Spotify

Painted custom shoes and jean jackets.

Turnacıbaşı Cad. No:21 Beyoğlu Istanbul / Turkey 34433