Devabil Kara was born in Şenkaya, Turkey, in 1962. In 1986 he graduated from the Fine Arts Academy of Marmara University, and joined the teaching staff of the same university. In 1987, he took part in the "Engraving Techniques Workshop" held by Prof.Josef Tichy, and attended the Salzburg International Summer Academy, where he focused on lithography. In 1993, Kara completed his doctorate with a dissertation study entitled “Psychological Perception in Artists Personality”. During 1996 and 1997, worked on several research projects focusing on American Art While living in New York and Philadelphia. Kara's works appear in many museums and collections throughout Turkey and other countries.


1985  National Sovereignty Competition “Achievement Prize”

1988  22.DYO Painting Competition “Prize”

1988 Gülhane Activities “Art and Hand Crafts Competition” “Mansion”

1988Lületaşı “White Gold” Painting Competition “Prize”

1989 23. DO  Painting Competition “Prize” 

1989 50th  state Painting Competition “2nd Prize”

1990 50th  state Print Competition “2nd Prize” 

1990 Jockey Club 2nd Painting Competition “Mansion”

1990 Contemporary Turkish Painting Competition “Mansion”

1993 Adana Cement Industries T.A.Ş. Painting Competition “Mansion”

1993 Esbank 10th Yunus Emre Painting Competition “Prize”

1994 56 State Print Competition “2nd Prize”

2001  Jockey Club 5th Painting Compatition "2nd Prize

2007  “New Year Concept Design  Compatition” First Prize, Association of United Trademarks, İstanbul. 



1987 International Salzburg Summer Academy, Lithography Scholarship, Austria 

One Man Shows

1990 Vakko Art Gallery, Istanbul

1990  Vakko Art Gallery, İzmir

1992  Vakko Art Gallery, Istanbul

1992  Vakko Art Gallery, Ankara

1993  Vakko Art Gallery, Ankara

1993 Garanti Art Gallery, İstanbul

1994 Falez Art Gallery, Antalya

1994 Başak Sigorta Art Gallery, İzmir

1995 Vakko Art Gallery, Ankara

1996 Art Home Art Gallery, Mersin

1997 Türkiye İş Bankası Art Gallery, Ankara

1998 Parish Gallery,Georgetown, Washington,DC

2001 Atamira Art Gallery, Mersin

2002 Parish Gallery,Georgetown, Washington,DC

2004 Siyah-Beyaz Art Gallery  , Ankara

2006 PG Art Gallery, İstanbul

2006 Erenus Art Gallery, İstanbul

2007 Orkun Ozan  Art Gallery, Antalya

2008 Atelier, En  Art Gallery, İzmir

2009 'the uncommunicables’ Valide-I Atik Külliyesi, Üsküdar, PG Art Gallery, Bebek, İstanbul

2010 'the uncommunicables’ journey, Track, memory’ Pg Art Space, İstanbul

2011 ‘'the uncommunicables M-25’ Espas Art Gallery, İstanbul

Selected Group Exhibitions

1986   “7th Contemporary Artists İstanbul Exhibition” Museum of Painting and Sculpture- Hareket Kiosk, İstanbul.

1986   “23rd DYO Painting Competition Exhibition”, İstanbul,  Ankara, izmir.

1987   “8th Contemporary Artists İstanbul Exhibition” Museum of Painting and Sculpture-Hareket Kiosk, İstanbul.

1987   “24th DYO Competition Exhibition”, İstanbul,  Ankara, izmir.

1988   The Organization of Fatih Rotarian Club, Exhibition for four, Gallery Artug, İstanbul.

1988   “25th DYO Painting Competition Exhibition”, İstanbul,  Ankara, izmir.

1989   “50th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition”Painting Competition, Ankara (MOPS).

1990   Lületaşı “White Gold”Painting Competition Exhibition, Eskişehir.

1990   “26th DYO Painting Competition Exhibition”, İstanbul,  Ankara, izmir.

1990   “51st State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition” Painting Competition, Ankara (MOPS).

1990   “Contemporary Turkish Painting Exhibition”, Ramko Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1990   “Print ’90”, Print Exhibition, Soyak Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1990   “One Cross section  from Turkish Print Art”, Benadam Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1990   “One cross section  from Turkish Print Art”, Temizocak Art Gallery, İzmir.

1990   “Esbank Yunus EMRE 7th Painting Competition Exhibition Fine Art Gallery, Eskişehir.

1990   “Selçuk Yaşar Art Gallery Print Exhibition”, İzmir.

1991   “52nd State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition”Print Competition, Ankara (MOPS).

1991   “İTÜ and Artist” Group Exhibition, ITÜ/Taşkışla, İstanbul.

1991   “One cross section from Turkish Painting and Print”Dam Art Gallery, Ankara. 

1991   “Akbank Painting Kollection”, Exhibition, Yüksel Sabancı  Art Gallery,Yıldız Üniversity,    İstanbul. 

1991   “Contemporary Painting and Sculpture auction Exhibition”,State Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1991   “Artist Theaching Stuff Exhibition”,CRR Consert Hall Foyer, İstanbul.

1991   “The Artists of Art Corporation Group Exhibition”, State Art Gallery, İstanbul. 

1992   “28th DYO Painting Competition Exhibition”, İstanbul,  Ankara, izmir.

1992   “Young Artists Exhibition”, Etibank Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1992   “54th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition”Painting and Print Competition, Ankara (MOPS).

1993   “3rd İstanbul Art Fair”, (Etibank) Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1994   “Typical samples of Turkish Print Exhibition, Capitol Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1994   “Print 93”, Group Print Exhibition, (Pan Desing) Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1994   “55th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition”Painting and Print Competition, Ankara (MOPS).

1994   “Nazım Hikmet Culture and Art Foundation” , CRR, İstanbul.

1995   “10th Aniversary of Anadolu University Painting Exhibition”, Eskişehir.

1995   “Spring Exhibition”, Karsu Tekstil Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1995   “Intollerance”, Groupe Exhibition, Yıldız Palace/ Silahhane, İstanbul.

1995   “100 Artists 100 Works,” Groupe Exhibition, İstanbul.

1996   “MSÜ Graphic Faculty 20th Aniversary Print Exhibition”, Vakko Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1996   “The Other” Habitat II, Paintig Exhibition, Antrepo I, İstanbul.

1997   "Türkiye İş Bankası Art Prize " Print Exhibition, İş Bankası Art Gallery, Ankara.

1997   "58th  State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition " Print Competition, Ankara (MOPS).

1998   "Akbank Painting Collection" at Its 50th universary Painting Exibition, Ak Bank Art Gallary, İstanbul.

1999   "2.nd International Akademy Marmaris Painting Callection",Toprak Bank Art Gallery,      İstanbul.

1999   "75th Türkish Fine Art Exhibition",(Bilim Fine Art Gallery)Bolmabahçe Art Gallery, İstanbul.

1999   "Exhibition Dreaming of Its Museum"at the Marmara Üniversty Faculy of Fine Arts Gallery, İstanbul. 

1999   "From us from them 14 Original Art Prints"Tem Art Gallery, İstanbul.

2000   "61th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition" Print Competition, Ankara (MOPS).

2000   "From us from them 15 Original Art Prints " Tem Art Gallery, İstanbul.

2001   "Group Exhibition" ISO (İstanbul Sanayii Odası)Art Gallery, İstanbul

2001   "Exlibris Exhibition" Gallery Akdeniz, Ankara

2001   "IAM Group Exhibion", Mersin

2001   " From us from them 16. Original Art Prints"Tem Art Gallery, İstanbul.

2002   "ODTU Art Festival", Ankara

2003   From us from them 17. Original Art Prints"Tem Art Gallery, İstanbul.

2004   "Marmara University Teaching Staff Exhibition", İstanbul

2005   ‘’ 5 Trace’’ Exhibition, Gallery Binyıl, İstanbul,

2005   ’’ From us from them  18.Original Art Prints"Tem Art Gallery, İstanbul.

2006   ’’ ODTÜ 8. Art Festival, Ankara

2006   ’’ Academy Generation of 70’s and Surroundings “ Uludağ University, Bursa

2006   “International Culter Festival, Maltepe University, Art Faculty, Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, İstanbul

2006   ’’ Hacettepe Collection of Art Exhibition“, Ankara

2006   ’’ Original Artistic Prints“, Tem Art Gallery, İstanbul

2006   ’’ Printing Exhibition“ CKM Art Gallery, İstanbul

2006   “Hüma and Nahit Kabakçı Collection Exhibition“,Art İstanbul Fair,  İstanbul

2007   “Far-Close Meetings” Exhibition, İstanbul

2007   30/30 Karma(şık) Exhibition, Marmara Pera Gallery, Art and Life, İstanbul

2007   “Tünel” Exhibition,  Beylerbeyi Palace, İstanbul

2007   “One Suggestion, Seven Proposels” sergisi, PG Art Galeri, Bebek, İstanbul,

2007   “Confrontation Exhibition, Mahfel Art Gallery, Bursa

2007   International Türk-Korea Exhibition, Marmara University Art Faculty Exhibition Hall,

2007   International Türk-Korea Exhibition, Yıldız Palace Museum Culter Center, İstanbul

2007   “Blak-White” Exhibition, CKM Culter Center, İstanbul

2007   “Sketch” Sergisi, CKM Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul

2007   “ Waking up” Exhibition, Tem Art Gallery, İstanbul

2007   “Contemporary Turkish Art Appointment at Kocatepe” Exhibition, Afyon

2007   Ortadoğu Technical University  “9. Art Festival” Exhibition, Ankara,

2008   “Contemporary Turkish Art Appointment at Kocatepe II” Exhibition, Afyon

2008   “Anatomy of a Color-Red” Exhibition, CKM Culter Center, İstanbul

2009   “Sintesi’ CKM Art Gallery, İstanbul

2009   ‘ODTÜ Art Festival, Ankara

2010   ‘Dörtdörtlük’ Siyah-Beyaz Art Gallery

2010   “Aksiyom” Od’A-Ouvroir d’Art, İstanbul

2010   “Volume 1” Espas Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul

2011   ‘Uncannygames’ Pg Art Project, Tahtakale, İstanbul

International Exhibitions, Biennials, Triennials

1987 Salzburg International Summer Akademy, Lithography Class Exhibition, Salzburg, Austria. 

1991 5th International Print Biennial, Taiwan.

1992 Turkish-American Associations Federation, Turkish Painters Exhibition, New York, USA.

1992 19th International Graphic Arts Biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

1993 Turkish-American Associations Federation, Turkish Painters Exhibition, New York, USA

1993 2nd International Kochi Print Triennial, Japan.

1993 1st International Maastricht Graphic Biennial, Netherlands.

1995 17th Mini Graphic Biennial, Sint Niklaas, Belgium.

1995 Contemporary Turkish Art Exhibition, Houston Art Fair, Houston, USA.

2005 “Sır-Zaman ‘’ Türkiye ve Kore’den Sanat, Ankara

2005 “Painter CampusII“ SUMMART, Moldova

2006 “4. International Graphic Biennial Invited Artist, İtalya

2006 “Five of Six“ Parish Gallery 15. yıl Sergisi, Washington D.C, USA

2006 Ortadoğu Technical University  “8. Art Festival” Exhibition, Ankara,

2006 4. International Graphic Arts Biennial, France,

2007 “Korean and Turkish Artists Exhibition”, Bakü,  Azerbeycan

Collections Possessing Kara Works 

Ankara State Painting and Sculpture Museum, Painting & Print Collection.

İzmir DYO Museum, Painting Collection.

Başak Sigorta Painting Collection.

Akbank Painting Collection.

İş Bankası Painting Collection.

Anadolu University Faculty of Fine Arts Collection.

Sint Niklaas Ex Libris Museum, Belgium. 

Adana Çimento Sanayii T.A.Ş. Painting  Collection

İstanbul Graphic Arts Museum

Haccettepe University Collection

Erzurum University Collection,

Ex-Libris Museum Collection

Ankara University Collection

Devrim Erbil Museum Collection

Internatıonal Museums of Graphic Art, Francavilla al Mare,Italy

Numerous private collections in Turkey and abroad.


"Hidden View", 2011, Mixed technique on canvas, 200x170 cm

Artist's Exhibitions