Özer Kabaş was born in Mersin in 1938. He graduated from Robert College in 1957. He later went to America and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in the Painting Department of Yale University. Between 1969-1970 he joined the teaching faculty at Robert College, and in 1971, he joined the teaching faculty at İstanbul Academy of Fine Arts. In 1985 he became an Associate Professor at the Mimar Sinan University Department of Painting, and became a Professor in 1990. He served as Painting Department Chairman for two terms between 1996-1998. He formed Urart Art Studio with his brother Mehmet Kabaş between 1971-1975 and carried out work in modern jewelry design. In 1979, he produced printmaking at Süleyman Saim Tekcan’s studio in Söğütlüçeşme. He died in Istanbul in 1998.