Pelin Canez


Pelin Yazar Canez is a Montreal painter. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Pelin studied at Marmara University, earning her bachelor of art Education degree (in painting & Art Education); and at Istanbul Technical University, earning her Master of Fine Arts degree (in Painting, and Visual & Environmental Arts). Her work focuses on her love of colour and texture. She continues to explore new creative techniques and mediums.

Her approach to painting derives from the consequences and possibilities of colours living side by side. Pelin Canez enjoys submerging in the surprise and play they offer as they are let loose from their tubes and containers, sometimes in pure splashes, sometimes mixed and worked, to take on new life on the canvas or board with imaginative flashes of brush or finger or knife.

Everything depends on this relationship of colours; it is the primary joy of the visual art. Forms and patterns, contours and delineations are conjured from their essential, vivid appearance and radiation.


  • 2013: “upcoming exhibition”: Centre Leonardo Da Vinci, St-Leonard, Quebec
  • 2012: “Innocent Horizons”: Galerie de la Ville, D-D-O, Quebec
  • 2010: “Natural Dreaming”: Galeri Les Trois C, Centre Henri-Lemieux, Montreal
  • 2008:  “Kardelen”: East End Gallery at The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, North Carolina
  • 2007:   Fête culturelle familiale: Turquie : Maison de la culture, Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
  • 2007:   “Songs of Spring”: Galerie V, Montreal
  • 2002:   Dara Tribal Village Ethnic Art Gallery, Chicago
  • 2001:   “New Paintings”: 20th Annual Festival, Federation of Turkish American Associations, New York
  • 1999:   Turkish American Association For Cultural Exchange, University of Chicago
  • 1998:   “Cats of Istanbul”: Truman College, Chicago
  • 1996:    “Abstract Woman Images”: Sefhaathane Café Gallery, Istanbul
  • 1995:   “Thoughts On Degas”: Taskisla Gallery, Istanbul Technical University


  • 2013:   “Mosaïcultures Internationales Montreal” (upcoming): Jardin Botanique de Montreal
  • 2013:   “Arts Visuels”: l’Écomusée du fier monde, Montreal
  • 2012:   L’art au féminin, pour le mois de l’histoire des femmes: Corrid’Art de Compagnie F, Montreal
  • 2012:   Journeés culturelles turques de Montréal: Cinema du Parc, Montreal
  • 2012:   “Images de Femmes”: Bibliotheque du Mile End, Montreal
  • 2012:  “L’Amour”: Corrid’Art de Compagnie F, Montreal
  • 2011:    Les Journées de la Culture: Corrid’Art de Compagnie F, Montreal
  • 2011:   “Femmes d’Ici Et Femmes d’Ailleurs”: Gallerie Art Bressan, Montreal
  • 2010:   “Revelry V”: Gallery 1313, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2009:   Journeés culturelles turques de Montréal: Mile End Library, Montreal
  • 2008:    “2008 Art Show”: Foreign Service Community Association, Ottawa
  • 2008:   “Trois Pinceaux D’Orient”: Festival Accès Asie, Montreal
  • 2007:    “Four Women, Four Cultures, One World”: Galerie MosaikArt, Montreal
  • 2006:    “Collection Of Local Artists”: Galerie V, Montreal
  • 2006:    “Paysages”: Galerie Donati, Montreal
  • 2006:    Juried Spring Show, The Arts Club, Montreal
  • 2001-02    Oak Park Art League Remembrance Show, Oak Park, IL.
  • 2000        Middfest International Festival, Middletown, OH.
  • 1999        New Content Gallery, Chicago
  • 1999        Around-The-Coyote Festival, Chicago
  • 1998        Las Manos Gallery, Chicago


1992-95    Istanbul Technical University, Master of Fine Arts (Painting, Visual & Environmental Arts)

1989-92    Marmara University, Istanbul, Bachelor of Arts (Painting & Art Education)



2000-01    Children’s Workshops, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago: Education intern for a wide range of weekend programs, including youth classes and family workshops

1999-00    Artabounds Studio, Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago: Intern involved in planning, preparing, facilitating, and implementing family art workshops


2011+      Le Regroupement des Artistes en Arts Visuels du Quebec(RAAV)

2011+      English Language Arts Network (ELAN)

2010+      Diversité Artistique Montréal (DAM)

1997+      Unesco International Association of Art (IAA)

1998-00    Chicago Artists’ Coalition (CAC)