Filiz was born in 1979 in Belgium to a Turkish father and Swedish mother. By the age of 5 she knew that visual art was her calling - a way of communication, expression, and processing life's experiences and memories. Her heritage, travels, and wanderlust provide continuous inspiration and perspective.

She spent most of her childhood in Europe and Japan, before living in the Northeast U.S. After earning a B.A. in Visual Art from the University of Vermont, and a M.Ed. in Visual Art Education from Lesley University, Filiz spent a year living in Jordan, and another year in Barbados teaching art and design, before moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2010.

Since beginning her professional art career in 2000, Filiz's work has been widely exhibited and collected internationally, and is included in permanent museum collections. She has a background in design in graphic arts that spilled over into textiles and apparel.  Filiz also spent over 10 years working in the education field as an educator, curriculum designer, and education program developer for students of all ages and abilities in creative subjects in art and design, as well as life-skills including financial literacy, digital citizenship, nutrition, emergency response, and environmental stewardship.

In 2017 she moved with her husband and daughter from Brooklyn, to Hudson, New York in search of a more grounded, conscious, and creative lifestyle. In 2018 Filiz opened up her studio and storefront in Hudson where she shares her work with the public next to the curated works of other artists in ceramics, textiles, metals, and wood.