Berfin Ataman was born in Izmir, Turkey. She went on to get her BFA in Theatre design from University of Southern California and her Post – Baccalaureate degree from School of art Institute Chicago and is currently getting her MFA in UCLA. She lives In Los Angeles and works from her studio in Hawthorne.
After surviving cancer at age 17 she started questioning the surroundings that humans have created for themselves. Her work centers on challenging participants to expand their horizon and reevaluate the concrete world that consumes them. She invites others to be open and curious about their environment and to actively engage with it.