Elif Giray is a Turkish/Canadian, Toronto-based, self-taught abstract painter and collage artist.
Over the years, she took a few painting courses but learned mostly through trial and error and by studying the works of different artists such as Gerhard Richter and Jean-Paul Riopelle. She was influenced by the Automatiste movement and abstract impressionism which lends to her being experimental in her approach. She uses a range of mediums and techniques; with her paintings she works primarily with acrylic and acrylic mediums and with her collages, she uses a combination of watercolour, vintage photos, paint, paper and pastels. She explores memory, relationships, time and the ephemeral nature of life. She seeks balance and harmony between contrasting elements of colour, texture and movement.
In 2022 she had a solo show of a selection of her collages in Toronto, Ontario. You can find her art in numerous private and corporate collections.