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This gentlemen was one of the most important and famous painter & poets of Turke.
He passed away a few days ago at a quite high age of 98.
I'd made this capture 9 years ago in front of one of his gigantic paintings.

May his soul rest in peace.....

İBRAHİM BALABAN (1921-2019)

Here İbrahim Balaban poses in front of one of his paintings in the exhibition, which also included works from the collection of Nazım Hikmet’s wife Piraye Hanım that were given by her granddaughter Kenan Bengü.

İt was a retrospective exhibition by an artist who began painting when he met Turkey’s most famous poet, Nazım Hikmet, in Bursa Prison 70 years ago, is now on display at the International Art Center in Istanbul’s Üsküdar.

İbrahim Balaban’s exhibition, “Balabanizm,” featured 140 works, including previously unseen tiles, design, carpet and canvas works, as well as a self-portrait signed by Nazım himself.

Balaban, who took three years of education in a village of the Marmara province of Bursa, told Anatolia news agency that his interest in painting began after he met Nazım, whom he described as “Şair Baba” (Poet Father).


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