ARTISTS / BEDRI RAHMI EYÜBOĞLU

BEDRİ RAHMİ EYÜBOĞLU

He was born in 1911 in Giresun. Due to his father’s job, he spent his childhood in various cities and towns in Anatolia. In 1929, he left his secondary education in Trabzon with the influence of his art teacher Zeki Kocamemi and entered the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts. He worked in the atelier of Nazmi Ziya and İbrahim Çallı respectively. In 1931, he went to France to share his brother’s scholarship with the suggestion of his teacher İbrahim Çallı. He worked to learn French in Dijon and Lyon. During this time, he made copies from Gauguin. For the first time, his first work ‘From Trabzon’ and ‘Deniz’ was exhibited at the 8th Ankara Painting Exhibition of the Association of Fine Arts. On his first trip to Paris in 1932, he worked in Andre Lhote’s atelier. He returned to Istanbul in 1933. In 1934, he joined ‘D Grubu’ by submitting a painting to their fourth exhibition and continued to be a member of the group until his last exhibition. He started writing and drawing for the ‘Yeni Adam’ magazine. He went to Edirne in 1938 with Arif Kaptan and Çorum in 1941 for the program of Nationwide Trips conducted by the Republican People’s Party. In 1939, he won third prize with his work ‘Figür’ at the first State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, and then in 1942 was awarded second prize with his work ‘Hamam’ at the same exhibition. In 1947, he led the founding of the ‘10’lar Grubu’, which consisted of young artists, most of whom were his students. In 1960, he went to America upon invitation from the University of California, where he gave lectures under the slogan ‘Yaşasın Renk’ (Long live Color). In addition to domestic exhibitions, Eyüboğlu opened many exhibitions abroad and participated in many international group exhibitions including the Tokyo Printmaking Biennial (1947). His works have been featured in many internationally prestigious museums and collections including the New York Museum of Modern Art. Eyüboğlu also contributed greatly to his period as an art writer. He passed away in 1975 in Istanbul.