Biography2020-02-11T14:38:53+03:00

Painter, Professor, State Artist

1937

Born in Uşak.

1955

Entered Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts Painting Department.
He was educated by Halil Dikmen at Gallery and Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu at his studio.

1959

Founded ‘’Abstractionist 7’s’’group.
Graduated from Master Painting Department of Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts.

1962

Became an assistant at the Academy and assigned to art studios of
Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu, Cemal Tollu and Cevat Dereli

1966

V. Tehran Biennial Chamber Kingdom 1st Award

1968

“Young Artist of the Year Exhibition” Young Artists 1st Award

1969

Selected as the “Young Artist of the Year”.

Carried out the presidency of Association of Contemporary Painters of
Turkey and in 1975, the presidency of Association of Visual Artists.

1972

9th Alexandria Biennial Painting 2nd Award

1973

Turkish Republic 50th Years Art-Sculpture Contest Ataturk and Republic Award

1974

8th DYO Painting Contest Achievement Award

1976

10th DYO Painting Contest Achievement Award

1978

39th State Art-Sculpture Exhibition Achievement Award

1979

Had been the Director of Istanbul Art and Sculpture Museum for 3.5 years.

1981

Became a Professor in Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts.

1982

43rd State Art-Sculpture Exhibition Achievement Award

1998

Kirghizstan National Academy of Science and Art Founder Honorary Member Title

2000

Balıkesir Devrim Erbil Museum of Contemporary Arts was opened.

Turkish Association of Journalists Sedat Simavi “Visual Arts” Award

2004

Retired from Mimar Sinan University (ex. Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts)

2005

Had been the Founder Deanship of Istanbul Dogus University, Faculty of Arts and Design.

2012

Artbosphorus Contemporary Art Fair “Artist of the Year” Award

Yedi Renk Art Foundation “Day of the Master” Award

2015

Devrim Erbil Art, Culture and Education foundation was established.

2017

Gain reward of “Honor Award of Artist of the Year” by International Plastic Arts Foundation

Gain reward of “ Beyoglu Municipality “Outstanding Service Medal”

International Plastic Arts Assosciation ‘’ Artist Of The Year’’ Award

2018

Honorary Artist of Istanbul Art Show Expo

2019

Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Award

Selections of Museum Collections which contain His Works (overseas)

  • Ben And Abby Greg Foundation, Minnesota / USA
  • Banja Luka Umneticka Galeriya / Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Alexandria Museum of Fine Arts / Egypt
  • Museum of Contemporary Arts, Bucharest / Romania
  • National Museum of History, Tapei / Taiwan
  • Palacio National da Ajuda, Lisbon / Portugal
  • Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi / Georgia
  • Tirana National Museum, Tirana / Albania

Selections of Museum Collections which contain His Works (domestic)

  • Collection of National Library, Ankara
  • Art and Sculpture Museum, İstanbul-Ankara-İzmir
  • Selçuk Yaşar Museum Collection, İzmir
  • Presidential Palace, Ankara
  • Devrim Erbil Museum of Contemporary Arts, Balıkesir
  • İstanbul Modern, İstanbul
  • Eskişehir Modern Art Museum, Eskişehir
  • Erzurum Atatürk University Collection, Erzurum
  • Hacettepe University Collection, Ankara
Devrim Erbil opened hundreds of personal exhibitions both domestic and abroad while also participated in many mixed exhibitions. He was the director of exhibitions that promote Turkish art. (Alexandria, Belgrade, Sofia, Kuwait). He published many articles and gave lessons about art. He also made TV and radio speeches during his art life.
Devrim Erbil, Poet of the painting. Nature is his passion. The rhythm and motion of life always affects him. The repetitions, which are similar to each other but inconspicuous and the dilemmas lead him to question the reason for being.
Anatolia’s cultural heritage has always influence the his view. Inter-cultural relations and the common denominator of the line extending to the present day, “variations on life in Anatolia” series is the indispensable subject of a certain period of his art.
Istanbul the city where he lived for 60 years; it is extraordinary with its historical location and nature. Devrim Erbil is now paint Istanbul abstractions. Sometimes with a bird’s eye view, sometimes with a combination of the two aspects. Mostly by feeling the music and rhythm of the birds . Devrim Erbil wants to give a moment of happiness – a joy of life with his works. Like the words of poetry, he wants to add a moment of happiness to each other.