Derya Topal – Artist






Instagram: @ambidextrous_painter

Derya Topal’s artistic journey is a testament to the transformative power of pursuing one’s true passion. Graduating with a B.B.A degree in Business Management from Izmir between the years 1991-1996, Derya spent an impressive 27 years forging a successful path in the corporate world. However, in a remarkable turn of events, she decided to heed the call of her “real life calling” and venture into the realm of professional painting.

A self-taught artist, Derya Topal has embarked on an expressive and emotive exploration through her art. Her canvas comes alive with emotionally powerful woman portraits set against abstract backgrounds, showcasing a unique blend of vulnerability and strength. Utilizing a diverse range of mediums, including acrylics, oil pastels, charcoal, and even unconventional materials like real makeup materials, she creates visually captivating and deeply resonant pieces that invite viewers into the complex tapestry of human emotions.

Currently residing in Istanbul, Derya draws inspiration from her surroundings, infusing her work with a rich tapestry of cultural influences. Her artistic process is a reflection of her diverse experiences, both in the corporate world and her personal life. This fusion of professional acumen and newfound artistic passion adds a distinctive depth to her creations.

As we showcase Derya Topal’s artistry on our blog under the category of artist, each painting serves as a testament to her dedication to authenticity and self-discovery. We invite our readers to immerse themselves in the vibrant hues and intricate details of her work, discovering the profound stories that unfold within each stroke of her brush. Derya Topal’s journey from the world of business to the realm of art is a reminder that it’s never too late to embrace one’s true calling and embark on a new and fulfilling chapter in life.


“Mirror” By Derya Topal

70 X 50 CM

Acrylic and Oil Pastels on canvas 

Mirror is the beautiful miracle of life which happens when everything seems irreversibly wrong and deadly


“Remember Me” by Derya Topal

50 X 50 CM 

Acrylic and Oil pastels on canvas 

Remember Me is the basic human emotion that we all want to be remembered when we are gone


“Madonna” by Derya Topal

100 X 80 CM 

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas 

Madonna is a tribute to our youth, when we were fearless and beautiful but did not face the real life yet. 


Tree” by Derya Topal

70 X 50 CM

Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas 

Tree is a 50 years old mature, self sufficient and accomplished woman yet still has a wild soul

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