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Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu

1911-1975 
Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu

Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu was born in Görele, Giresun. After his secondary education at the Trabzon High School, with the encouragement of Zeki Kocamemi, who was appointed as an art teacher there at the time, Eyüboğlu entered the Academy of Fine Arts in 1929. He worked in the studios of Nazmi Ziya Güran and İbrahim Çallı. In 1931 he traveled to Dijon and Lyon, where he shared a scholarship with his brother, Sabahattin Eyüboğlu. In 1932, he went to Paris and worked in the studio of André Lhote for one year. In 1934 he participated in the fourth exhibition of the d Group, and was a part of the collective until their last show. In 1937, he became Léopold Lévy’s assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts. Eyüboğlu was sent to Edirne in 1938 and Çorum in 1941, as part of the Nationwide Journeys initiative, and during this period he made paintings dealing with Anatolian subject matters. Later, he gravitated towards wall paintings and murals. In 1958 he created a 227 square-meter mosaic panel for the Brussels World Fair, and in 1959 he made another, 50 square-meter mosaic panel for the former NATO center in Paris. Along with the honors he collected in various iterations of the State Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Eyüboğlu also won the Grand Prize in the Brussels World Fair of 1958, and the Gold Medal award at the Sao Paulo Biennial.

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