As a child, I wanted to be Sir Edmund Hillary or a bird. When I wasn't up in a tree, or scaling the side of my bunk bed with a rope of my mum's belts, I drew. I drew all over everything— the desks at school, my left hand, the wooden slats under my bed. When I discovered India ink at twelve, I realised I'd much rather draw Everest and my feathery friends. Art became my thing, and five years later, I set off for Rhode Island School of Design, where I earned a BFA in Illustration. In an unexpected turn, I ended up designing ads in San Francisco, where I also managed to pick up some trapezing— I guess the bird thing never left me.
In 2008, I became the eleventh person in the world to have a shoe I designed for John Fluevog's Open Source Footwear
chosen to be made into a real shoe— The Mini Zaza.
Later that year, I sold nearly all of my possessions and moved to Istanbul, where I've been a freelance illustrator.
In my spare time, I participate in six International Moleskine Exchanges, a collaborative art project in which artists around the world swap their Moleskine sketchbooks.
I'm also a board member and the Istanbul Correspondent of Urban Sketchers.
2010 Kırmızı Ödülleri Award for Best Illustration
2010 Winner of Fluevog Creative Ad Competition
2009 Dona, Espai Cromàtic, Tarragona, Spain
2009 Mischief, Studio Gallery, San Francisco
2009 Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco
2008 What I'd Rather Be Doing, The One Club, New York
2008 Mischief,Studio Gallery, San Francisco
2008 Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco
2007 Mischief, Studio Gallery, San Francisco
2007 Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco