Biography

Ayse Wilson is a Turkish-American artist who lives and works in New York City. Her work draws from memory and emotion to remind viewers of youth, innocence and the timeless space we occupy when we are young. She creates lively and childlike characters, finding inspiration in the works of early Italian Renaissance masters such as Fra Angelico. Wilson graduated from Wellesley College in 1991, and pursued her education in Florence. She received her MFA at New York Academy of Art. Wilson worked as a painting assistant to Jeff Koons for two years, launching the Wilson + Geary Contemporary pop-up gallery in New York City. In 2007, Wilson had her first solo exhibition “Yüzücüler” in Istanbul and has since held many solo exhibitions in Turkey, including a 2015 solo exhibition "Little Friends" at Pg Art Gallery in Istanbul. She has had two solo exhibitions at Geary Contemporary.