Hayal Pozanti

b.1983, Istanbul, Turkey; lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Hayal Pozanti paints colorful, abstract compositions featuring bold, interlocking, and overlapping forms redolent of machine parts and technology. In early work, Pozanti created digital collages, and she continues to address her fascination with the relationship between virtual and physical worlds in her GIFs and paintings. “To me, the world of the screen is an infinite universe of daydreams,” she has said. “Much like the Surrealists aimed to reconcile the world of dreams and reality, I would like to explore the possibility of inventing a new reality from the merging of the virtual and the tactile.”

Pozanti made her first lithographs during her first residency at Tamarind in 2014. She returned in 2018, creating an exquisite set of monotypes as well as a limited edition for Tamarind’s Collectors Club.

Since receiving her MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2011, Pozanti has had solo exhibitions around the world. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the San Jose Museum of Art and JP Morgan.


Posts About Hayal Pozanti

Tamarind Talks: Hayal Pozanti

Tamarind Talks: Hayal Pozanti

Tamarind Gallery Director Nancy Zastudil facilitated an online conversation with artist Hayal Pozanti whose work is informed by her ongoing exploration of “cyborg anthropology,” statistical data, and a personalized encryption system or “alphabet” of abstracted character forms.

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Earth Day 2020: Hayal Pozanti

Earth Day 2020: Hayal Pozanti

Hayal Pozanti packs a lot into a title. Her encoded forms carry grim statistics about the environment and our consumption of resources. Reflecting on this project on this unusually quiet Earth Day seems a fitting way to mark the occasion.

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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Coyote in Quarantine, 2020


Judy Chicago, In Praise of Prarie Dogs, 2019


Hayal Pozanti, 8 (million tons of plastic that go into the sea each year), 2018, 2018


Tara Donovan, Untitled (2016).


Charles Arnoldi, Breaking, 2013


Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Optimists, 2014


Nick Cave, Amalgam (brown), 2015


James Siena, Sagging Infected Triangular Grid, 2012


Kiki Smith, Untitled, 2009