Abidin Dino was born in 1913 in İstanbul. After living in Switzerland and France, the artist returned to Turkey at the age of 15. Dino was among the five other painters to found the “D” Group in 1933. In Paris and Leningrad, he was interested in cinema. He served as assistant director and director.During 1937-1939, he lived in Paris and was acquinted with the famous artists of the time. Later in 1940, he returned to İstanbul and joined the “New” group, founded in the same year and participated in the famous Harbor Exhibition. In 1951, he went to Rome and in 1952 settled in Paris and after settling there, he had his first solo exhibition in 1955 at Galerie Kleber and later on at Galerie Camille Renaud in Paris.
From 1955 onwards, he exhibited in various institutions, including a solo show at the Picasso Museum in Antibes, France (1958), Musée de la Céramique in Italy (1990) as well as in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary, Russia, Germany and Greece. Dino also exhibited at the 16th Venice Biennial in 1952, at Salon de Mai in Paris in 1954 and 1962, at Turkish Artists Exhibition at Musée de l’Art Moderne in Paris in 1964, at the 1st İstanbul Biennial in 1987, at a group show in the Barbican Centre in London in 1989. Sakıp Sabancı Museum held a retrospective of Abidin Dino’s works in 2007-2008. As well as being a painter, Dino was also a sculptor, author and a director. Abidin Dino passed away in 1993 in Paris. The works of the artist have been eccepted to our museum by donation.