Filiz Soyak is an interdisciplinary artist exploring themes of identity, memory, and time through painting, drawing, clay, fiber, and installation. After becoming a mother in 2016, her work turned further inward seeking meaning through stillness and by connecting to her intuition. Meditation and breath have become integral practices in her work.
Filiz was born in 1979 in Belgium to a Turkish father and Swedish mother. She spent most of her childhood in Belgium and Japan, before moving to the Northeast of the United States. Filiz found her comfort in creating early on, and art became the language that allowed her to process and adapt to so many different experiences.
Filiz earned a B.A. in Visual Art from the University of Vermont in 2001, followed by an M.Ed. in Visual Art Education from Lesley University in 2008. From 2004-2008 Filiz was a full-time resident and an active community member of the historical Fort Point Arts Community in Boston, Massachusetts. After spending a year in Amman, Jordan, then another year in Barbados, teaching art and design, Filiz landed in Brooklyn, New York in 2010. In 2017 she moved with her husband and young daughter from Brooklyn, to Hudson, New York to be closer to nature and to establish a slower, more grounded and conscious lifestyle.