Kocabasi’s work is distinctive for its combination of Turkish traditional art technique with a contemporary willingness to experiment, constantly testing new ideas and techniques. The past, present, and future exist together in her work. Moreover, mixing the narrative style of manuscript illumination with vivid abstractions, her paintings are filled with historical references, and commentary on the conflicts of our era—religion, control of natural resources and our regard for the planet.
Her recent work focuses on inspired by relevant contemporary social issues. Heavily inspired by the suppression of female identity and the later awakening of feminine power and the confidence to create one's identity.
Kocabasi was born in Turkey and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Turkish Traditional Arts (rug-kilim design, natural dyes, conservation and restoration of textiles, and illumination of manuscripts) from Marmara University of Fine Arts in Istanbul.
She migrated to the United States in her mid-30s. After living in California, Texas, and Tennessee, she moved to Florida where she developed an interest in contemporary arts and finished her Master’s degree at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton Florida in painting. Sibel’s graduate work in the US expanded her understanding to include western imagery and theory while her training in traditional Turkish arts allows her to employ a highly refined sense of pattern.
Kocabasi actively pursues her career as a contemporary visual artist, exhibiting both nationally and internationally.
She has curated several group exhibitions both domestically and abroad, including “Undertow” which featured the work of South Florida artists in Istanbul, Turkey. “Midsummer Pop-Up” Show in PGA, FL, “Open Air” in Lake Worth, FL and “Outside The Box”, at Whitespace Mordes Collection in WPB, FL.
Kocabasi is the recipient of the 2006 Hector Ubertalli Visual Arts Award and the 2010 South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowship.
Her work is in numerous private collections as well as The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, Florida.
She has also been working as an independent Art Consultant and as an Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts at the Florida Atlantic University and the Palm Beach State College.
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