Erol Akyavaş was born in Istanbul in 1932. He completed the İstanbul Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Architecture. In 1948, he began work in painting at the Bedri Rahmi Studio. In 1949 he entered the School of Political Science, and due to his interest in art, left school and went to Paris. He worked in the studios of Fernand Leger and Andre Lhote. In 1951, he went to the USA and alongside his painting, was trained in architecture at the Illinois Technology Institute. He became a student of Mies Van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. He worked with architect Eero Saarinen for seven years. In 1977, he produced printmaking at Süleyman Saim Tekcan's studio in Söğütlüçeşme and produced a single work here, before the studio moved to Çamlıca in 1984. He died in 1999.