Canan Tolon’s artistic practice centers on nature’s continual renewal and on architecture as a cultural enterprise. Tolon composes an intellectual and visual world around the resistance between nature and architecture, and the contradiction and consequences borne out of their encounter. Her experimental works always remind one of the border between life and death, as she makes the viewers question whether these images are real or illusion, photographs or paintings. Without a doubt, Canan Tolon is one of the most original and creative artists of her generation in terms of the richness of the variety of her areas of research and her intellectual breadth.
Canan Tolon (b. 1955, Istanbul) received baccalauréat in philosophy and letters at the École Française d’Istanbul. She studied design at the Edinburgh Napier University and the Trier Facchochschule; interior architecture at the Middlesex University, London. She completed her graduate degree in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. Her works are in various collections in Turkey and abroad. She has been extensively exhibited in prominent Turkish and foreign institutions such as Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and SFMoMa, to name few. She lives and works in Istanbul and San Francisco.