Didem Yağcı

As a Istanbul born artist with universal values, she was deeply inspired by Vik Muniz, who created his own style using unique materials, and Manolo Valdes, who creates textured sculpture-like works with his masterful use of color.

Didem’s artistic talent became apparent very early in her childhood when at the age of six, she began drawing perspective sketches with human figures. She won awards in school art contests and her early paintings were published in various magazines.

When she was fourteen, she made abstract figurative works using fabrics, pastels and oil paints in addition to pencil drawings. Between the years of 1998-2005, she experimented with new techniques, creating three-dimensional works by combining oil paint with papers and fabrics in which she used various acidic fluids to make holes.(a technique she developed integrating her studies in science.) Since 2006, she has focused on figures and 3 dimensional painting. Referencing the more layered nature of human being and emphasizing the importance of sub-sensations which come together to create a feeling, these earlier works were created by her skillful layering of fabrics with contrasting textures, motives and colors.

Didem Yagci graduated Bosphorous University as a scientist(BS Degree in Chemistry) in Istanbul and she wanted to have an attempt to further develop her artistic identity, Didem studied “Contemporary Art and Design” at the London College of Fashion with the help of an EU Scholarship after passing the General Knowledge and Talent Tests organized by the European Union in 2010. She combined the experiences during her studies regarding art/artist – creation/process with her experiments in material, color, texture, design, dimension and digital arts which resulted in her work.

As a Contemporary Artist and as an individual Didem Yagci was deeply and constantly questioning her own reasons for existence. Her earlier works focus on the relationship between material and meaning, depicting through women the idea that the difference of mankind from other creatures lies in the sensations they experience through their body.

Through this artistic approach, she recently creates unique 3 dimensional layered wall sculptures by using plywood panels in various sizes.

Based upon the architecture, design & installation psychology of metropolises and urban areas, and especially the visually coded hierarchy understanding in this relational structure of the positioning of human in the society, she works on the binding and illusional relation on human’s body, identity and fate in her abstract sculptures.

These geometric illusions which refer to the psychology of urban touch, constitute both a virtual architectural space and a specific form of understanding. 

Didem Yagci opened 2 Solo Shows named “This Side of Paradise” and  “Self Connection”. She has also  participated in various group shows in London,  Paris, Dublin  and Istanbul. She participated in various artist-in-residence programs during her stay in London. One of her work was awarded to be displayed at Regent Park Metro Station Bilboards, synchronously with LONDON FRIEZE Art Fair. She attended several art fairs including Contemporary Istanbul, Aqua Miami since 2014. Her artwork can also be seen in Redart Istanbul and Solart Gallery in Dublin.