Born in 1973 in Istanbul. She completed her primary and secondary education in Istanbul. In 1992 She began her art education at The Photography Department of Mimar Sinan University’s Fine Arts Faculty, graduated in 1996 and the same year she went to the USA for research on photography and contemporary art. She has got her masters degree in 2003, her Ph.D in 2005 and Associate Professor title in 2011. Since 1989 Onat has been using photography as an expressional medium and her field of study focusing especially on the link between photography and other art disciplines and contemporary photography. She has participated in numerous national and international art exhibitions and events, won international awards, taken roles in academic projects and published academic contributions. She continues to give lectures on contemporary photography and photography techniques.