Avni Arbaş was born in Istanbul in 1919. He completed his secondary education at Galatasaray Lisesi. In 1946, at the İstanbul Academy of Fine Arts, he worked for six months initially at the Ibrahim Çallı Studio, then earned his undergraduate diploma from the Leopold Levy Studio. He went to Paris in 1946 on a French government scholarship. He lived in Paris until 1976. He produced printmaking in Süleyman Saim Tekcan's studio in Söğütlüçeşme in 1982 and at the Çamlıca House of Art in 1991. He worked as an independent artist from 1976 until his death in 2003.