Yanka Erimtan, also known as Yankı, was born in Istanbul in 1965. At a young age, she moved to Lausanne to study at the Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande. In 1985, she moved to New York City, where she continued her studies at the Parsons School of Design, receiving her B.F.A. in painting. She lives and works in New York City and Vermont. She is an avid reader and gardener.