He was born in 1973 in Trabzon. The artist, who opened 46 solo exhibitions, two of which were opened abroad, has received a total of 15 awards, including Pharmacists Association Painting Competition, Tekel Painting Competition, Şefik Bursalı Painting Competition, Antalya Painting Festival, Talens Painting Competition, TUNISIAN International Plastic Arts Festival honorary award.

Hakan Esmer, who performed observations and works at Hungary, mainly in Budapest, during the summer of 2016 with the support of Güler Sanat, was invited as a special guest artist by the Szentendre Colony, one of the oldest and longest established colonies of Europe, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of its foundation. In the Spring and Summer of 2017, the artist took part in the Slovenia Skofja Loka Loski Museum Art Residence program within the scope of Güler Sanat’s artist exchange project. Esmer, who resigned from the University in January 2012, is currently continuing his works at his studio in Eskişehir. The artist worked on printmaking at IMOGA in 2022.