Semia Pehlivan is a visual artist from Brussels. Graduated as an art teacher she decided to start painting & illustrating in a self-taught way.
The main subject of Semia’s work is daily life. She draws by observation and captures people in their most natural state. Semia mainly uses charcoal because it requires a more fluid and spontaneous practice. Charcoal has the constraint of not having the right to make mistakes. To allow yourself this right is to trust yourself. The line is therefore less controlled and thus more natural.
Semia likes to be surprised. She never knows in advance what her drawings will look like. She lets her eyes write what they perceive. Drawing is a way for Semia to refocus on the world. She sees everyday life differently, in a more real way. Everything seems purer to her when she draws.