Banu Anka was born on May 31, 1982 in Iran. She earned her BFA in Painting at Tehran University of Art in 2009. She studied “Painting and Art History” at Toronto ACS Academy in 2013, and got her MFA in painting at Yeditepe University 2018 where she wrote her thesis under the supervision of Ergin İnan.

Anka’s figurative works mostly contains human figures drawn with a hyperrealistic technique. She puts emphasis on the eyes of the figures and their looks. The artist, who is interested in surrealism and realism, is working on compositions with stain-like elements. The hyperrealism in her work is accompanied by abstract elements.

From 2009 to 2014, she participated in various exhibitions in Tehran, and won Iran’s Art For Peace Festival Award in 2015. She  moved from Iran to Istanbul in 2013.
Anka lives and works in Istanbul.