Niya Ziver

"Ink art is my passion and I created my own style/technique using the ink medium. My pieces are surrealist and symbolic. I enjoy providing viewers with detailed and thought-provoking pieces. I am inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e artists and surrealist painters Francis Picabia and Joan Miro."


British-born and of Turkish origin, Niya Ziver has been living in Istanbul for 10 the past 10 years. She has created her own style and technique which are detailed and thought-provoking, surrealistic and symbolic.

"There is trauma, heartache, dilemmas, and happiness found in my work."

Her work is almost mythical, with delicate ink marks that appear to almost move. Each piece tells a story, rich with symbolism the eye darts from the ace of spades to a silhouette of a woman. A narrative unfolds from image to image, the composition of her art is rhythmic.

Niya invites us into an enchanting fantasy realm. She has been inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e artists placing a stronger emphasis on dark outlines like the Japanese consider calligraphy an important skill by itself. The subject matter of the Ukiyo-e in 18th and 19th centuries was drawn from everyday life, celebrated the non-heroic and was based on the idea that all was transient.  Niya loves the stylized, narrative Japanese art form that emphasized flowing outlines, a strong sense of design and simplified forms. Her favorite surrealist painters are Francis Picabia, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali.

Niya has exhibited in the Brick Lane gallery London UK, the Art in Mind exhibition in November 2018. Her gallery on Instagram touched the viewer's hearts and inspired them in many ways.

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