Selva Ozelli

Interview of Selva Ozelli conducted by Norvergence Team

Selva Ozelli

Introduction of Selva Ozelli

Selva Ozelli Esq, CPA is an environmentalist who expresses this sentiment as an artist, writer, international tax attorney and certified public accountant.

She has been trained as an artist by world renowned painter Teymur Rzayev at his atelier. She curated the Climate Change Art Show at Balat Culture Center in Istanbul. All 14 of her coronavirus themed paintings submitted to the United Nations ve World Health Organization’s help stop the spread of COVID-19 competition were selected for worldwide display. Her painting Coronavirus Hits was among the shortlisted paintings entered into the ART IN THE TIME OF CORONA held by Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Her writings have been published in journals, books and by the OECD and translated in to 31 languages (Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, Galician, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Malayalam, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese) and republished in over 140 publications globally.

Her several first of its kind legal analyses globally altered the transnational adjudication and disclosure of (1) corporate polluting activity; (2) lobbying payments made to foreign government officials to change environmental laws/tax policies of countries. (see

Questions asked by Our Team to Selva Ozelli

I wrote a series of  articles on digital technology adoption, solar energy and tax policies in the jurisdictions with the greatest carbon emissions which has been published by World’s first Climate Change Museum “The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change – Hong Kong” in addition to over 100 publications around the world including at and translated into various languages.  

As I was writing this series of articles, I decided to explore expressing my thoughts on the subject matter on canvas with colors as well. With the urging of my cousin Rana Balkis who is a Climate Change artist and architect,  I joined Atelier Teymur Rzayev and began taking art classes.

Teymur is a world renowned painter who won many art completions around the world, including the latest Selected by United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives – help stop the spread of COVID-19.  I feel  very lucky to have the opportunity to be taking classes at his atelier.  We have a great group of artists who have trained at his studio for a long time, dedicated artists who work very hard with a deep love for painting.

Teymur is a creative, open minded, kind, fun loving teacher and sets a positive, constructive tone at the Atelier, guiding us gently towards our highest artistic expression.

Yes, as of today the Balat Culture Center is scheduled to reopen at the end of May.  So, our Atelier’s Climate Change Art Show– which I curated –is still on from May 30 to June 12.  Maybe people who have quarantine cabin fever will rush to see our show.

 I am entering the art show with my painting titled “Tsunami.”  I made this painting based on my article titled “Japan to Solarize its Burgeoning Digital Economy” which part of my climate change series of articles. 

At the beginning of April, the United Nations announced the Global Call Out To Creatives – help stop the spread of COVID-19 art competition.  16,000 artists from around the world responded to this initiative including Teymur, Rana and I from our Atelier.  

With a tight deadline of 6 days I made 14 coronavirus themed portraits and sent them into the competition.  All 14 of my paintings got selected by the United Nations.  So did Teymur’s and Rana’s. 

There are many and it is not easy to pick one, but if I was hard pressed to choose it would have to be Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio as what begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting.