Born in Salihli in 1937, Erbil had graduated from the Painting Faculty of the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University) and continued his studies in several countries. Erbil’s paintings reflect the versions of a composition style called “Anatolian Diversification”. He had continued on a trend emerged from Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu Studio in the 60’s and also had started a new era with an emphasis on vibrating images of Istanbul, its birds and shores under the effects of various light and color patterns. Influenced by a cosmopolitan arrangements of Turkish Ottoman miniatures, Erbil produced urban scenes of Istanbul as if they were seen from a bird’s eye view. He is rewarded with a “State Artist” status by the Turkish state, and his major retrospective covering his 50 years of creating art was recently held at Tophane Amire. The number of solo exhibitions by Erbil is over 300, which is the highest achived among Turkish contemporary artists. In 2015, total volume of Devrim Erbil’s sales at auctions was 85% up from the previous year and brought in 1,300,000 Turkish Lira. Erbil has established his namesake Cultural, Educational & Art Foundation and is working on opening his own museum.
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