Avni Arbaş, born in 1919 in İstanbul, died in 2003 in İzmir. A Turkish painter, often included to the Newcomers Group or called one of the Harbour Painters, alongside with Turgut Atalay, Selim Turan and Agop Arad. During the time of the Academy, he was a student of İbrahim Çallı and Leopold Levy, who he claimed to be his master. After a scholarship from the French Government, he decided to stay in France. Arbaş was appreciated by Picasso, but he was not the only one who could have made a big impact on Arbaş’s individual style. In his portraits and landscapes he was often drawing upon the tradition of post-impressionism and, consequently, symbolism and École de Pont-Aven. In this manner, he immortalized scenes from the Turkish War of Independence and portrayed Atatürk, who was a friend of his father, the first president and founder of the Republic of Turkey.
Avni Arbas was born in Istanbul in 1919. He studied under Leopold Levy in the Paintings Department of the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts (currently known as Mimar Sinan University).
He moved to Paris in 1946 and lived there until 1976.
His works are in several international museums and institutions around the world, such as the Picasso Museum in Antibes and Fine Arts Gallery in Amman. He died in 2003.
In his paintings, in the transformation of reality into an art image, the original link with the nature is not broken, and the themes of his works are still life and figurative paintings mastered with a blurry and staining painting style. He solidly maintained his practice of observations and visual experiences and believed on a direct approach towards abstracting the image without challenge.