Born in Russia in 1982, Evgeniya Lyalina Yayikoglu is an artist and interior designer based in Istanbul since 2007.
Graduated as an interior designer from a well-known Design Academy in Moscow, she also earned her MBA from a prestigious Lomonosov State University. Later her management and marketing skills helped her to establish a successful interior design and art teaching business.
Evgeniya creates modern and delicate artworks that unveil traditional ornamental and indigenous patterns inspired by her travels and overseas expat experiences. She works with various material, creating natural yet sublime paintings. Along with traditional oil and acrylic, Evgeniya mastered various arts and crafts techniques such as fresco, wood staining and painting, mosaics, etc.
She developed her knowledge of Ottoman and Oriental Arts being employed by leading architectural firms of Sarajevo, Baku and Istanbul as an interior designer and an expert in decorative ornaments. In 2010-2012 she was a student of a well-known Turkish watercolorist Burhan Ozer.
Between 2015-2017, Evgeniya had participated in 10 group shows and also curated a number of exhibitions supported by public institutions and municipalities in Istanbul.