Lütfiye Kösten is born in Izmir in 1978. Kösten continued her education at Yıldız Technical University at the Photography Department after graduating from Dokuz Eylül University, Painting Department in 1997. She completed her master’s degree at Nantes Fine Arts University in 2016. Kösten lives and continuously works in her studio in France.
In Lütfiye Kösten’s paintings, the depictions of portraits draw the main attention and are associated with the concepts of time, space, and identity. In her timeless and spaceless paintings, her distinctive graphical attitude of using colors and lines that create a sense of a collage strengthens the effect of timelessness in her paintings. The ‘eyes’ depicted in a realistic style, are the areas in which the deepest meanings are located. Gender roles given by the society, revolt, and rebellion are reflected through the eyes, and it is almost impossible to escape from the gaze.