Turnacıbaşı Cad. No:21 Beyoğlu Istanbul / Turkey 34433

Nicole Mano

 I was born on the 5th of November in Istanbul, Turkey. I am a senior at Açı High School. 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 all of them tell a different story. My own experiences gave me the inspiration to make these paintings however I feel like everyone can relate to them in some way because we all experience different things but we all get similar emotions.

 I like using textures and layers instead of flat surfaces because my paintings are reflections of me and my life. My thoughts are complicated, sometimes my head is a chaos and life has ups and downs. I am just 17 years old, I am constantly evolving and learning new things about life while also trying to figure out who I am. I am not afraid to show or display my feelings because I know that everyone experiences them at some point. I frequently use gold in my pieces because I associate gold with beauty and value.

 Depth is essential for me because I love mystery and I want people to feel curious when they look at my paintings. Sometimes hearing the same advices and warnings from other people make me feel naive or foolish because of how cliché they are. So I create new admonitions for myself and I repeat them in my head until they turn into paintings. When words turn into images I learn my lesson and with each painting, I get wiser.

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.