Isabel Turban (b. 1972 in Montevideo) lives and works in New York. Turban received her bachelors degree with a focus on Industrial Design at Centro de Diseño Industrial in Montevideo, Uruguay. Following her graduation in 1996, the artist worked with Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro at his iconic atelier Casa Pueblo in Punta del Este. By 2001, Turban moved to New York to enroll in the Art Student League, where she has studied with Charles Hinman, Jack Farragaso, and Mariano del Rosario amongst others. She has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions, including at Artemisa Gallery in New York; The Curators Art Project Gallery in Miami; Art Student League in New York, and The New York Public Library in New York. Turban has been the recipient of several awards including the Merit Scholarship, Donn Russel Grant, and Red Dot Distinction at the Art Student League of New York.
Isabel Turban’s abstract paintings are created from transfers, acrylic, charcoal and other mixed media applied in layers onto canvas or paper. Throughout Turban’s work process, collected maps gathered from various travels are the most significant material as they fuel inspiration for the work. For the artist, these maps represent happy moments, cultural experiences, and political history all at once. The finished paintings are a manifestation of these elements, which represent Turban’s own idyllic albeit inexistent space. Ultimately, the physical places in the maps become unimportant in lieu of the memories that refuse to be forgotten.