Emel Sahinkaya was born in 1957 in Istanbul, Turkey. She graduated from the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts and was accepted to Neşet Günal’s Atelier of Painting Department. She lives and works in Turkey. Emel Şahinkaya has a preoccupation with gardens, which is evident in her works. She believes that Nature is the most effective way of representing the abstract concepts of universal love and the sensation of expectation. Her bright colors, though, hide a subtle darkness. She has shown her work in many art galleries in Turkey, such as the Harmony Art Gallery, The Marmara, the Garanti Art Gallery and the Versus Art Project in Istanbul, which held her latest solo exhibition in 2015.