Burcu Pelvanoğlu completed her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts. Her books consist of Hale Asaf: Türk Resim Sanatında Bir Dönüm Noktası (2007), Batı Uygarlığı Tarihine Teorik Bir Giriş (Hilmi Yavuz ile birlikte, 2008), Hoca Ressamlar Ressam Hocalar: Sanayi-i Nefise’den MSGSÜ’ye Resim Hocaları (2009), Devrim Erbil (2010), Mevlut Akyıldız (2011), Neşet Günal (2012), Meriç Hızal (2012), Füsun Onur (2013) Özdemir Altan (2014), Nejad Devrim (2014). 1980 Sonrası Türkiye'de Sanat: Dönüşümler (2016). Her exhibitions are Chaotic Metamorphosis (Proje4L, İstanbul, 2010), Dream and Reality (İstanbul Modern, 2011, with Fatmagül Berktay, Levent Çalıkoğlu and Zeynep İnankur).
Since 2003, Pelvanoğlu has been a member of International Association of Art Critics (AICA). She has conducted the Deputy Presidency (2005-2008), Presidency (2009-2012) and Deputy Chairperson of the International Committee (2010-2013) of the said institution and now chairs its Committee of Censorship. Pelvanoğlu has also been a lecturer at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts Department of Art History.