After graduating from the Textile Department of Istanbul Fine Arts Academy, Belkıs Balpınar worked as a curator at the Carpet Department of Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and as the founding director of Istanbul Foundations’ Carpet Museum. Since 1986, the artist has been known as the pioneer of the field called “art kilim” with her works made by using the traditional rug texture in a contemporary context, inspired by different spatial planes of earth and microcosm.
As a researcher and writer, Balpınar has written books and articles regarding rugs and carpets, and also gives conferences in this field both in Turkey and abroad. Balpınar, who designed the pieces of rugs for the entrance walls of The World Bank building in Washington DC and entrance walls of the Aramco Centre in Saudi Arabia, Zahran, also had exhibitions in Istanbul, Ankara, New York, Princeton, Washignton DC, Stockholm, Caracas, Milano, Tokyo, Ljubljana, Moscow and Bahrain. In addition, the artist has participated in group shows such as Modernist Exhibition in New York and Galleria Nilufar (Italy) in Art Basel Miami Art Fair. Some of the special collections that feature Balpınar’s works are; Miuccia Prada, Milano; World Bank, Washington D.C .; Bernard Chappard, New York, Caracas; Lary Sanitzky, Los Angeles; Economy Bank, Istanbul; Nilufar Gallery, Milano; Marmara Manhattan Hotel, New York; Ignazio Vok, Padua; Al Gore, Nashville.
Belkıs Balpınar has been living and working in Bodrum since 2006.