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Erdil Yaşaroğlu

Erdil Yaşaroglu was born in 1971 in Istanbul. After graduating from Kadıköy Anatolian High School, he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture at Mimar Sinan University. He got involved in professional caricature in the 1990s. Throughout these years, Erdil has won nearly 30 awards from both local and international caricature competitions he participated in. 

In 2002, he founded the leading Turkish caricature magazine “Penguen” with his colleagues. His 19 books, published under the title “Komikaze”, sold over 1 million copies. He joined sculpture exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. He is currently drawing for the caricature magazine for children entitled “Süper Penguen” and continues to make sculptures in his studio in Istanbul. He recently opened his first solo sculpture exhibition in the indoor and outdoor spaces of Istanbul’s leading entertainment venue, Yapı Kredi bomontiada, located in a repurposed beer factory. 

Erdil Yaşaroğlu has been drawing, thinking, designing and carving for almost 30 years. Yaşaroğlu, known today by many through his caricatures, employs his playful figures and humorous perspective in his three-dimensional sculpture works. Yaşaroğlu considers himself a storyteller, and continues to tell stories of hope and sincere joy in an increasingly pessimistic world, through his art. 

Having studied sculpture at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Academy (MSGSÜ), Yaşaroğlu interprets classical materials such as stone, marble, bronze and iron in his inventive colorful forms. His initial sketches on paper are brought to life through his technical knowledge combined with new printing technologies. Through the literal figures, large structures and bright colors that the artist takes up, his works provide the opportunity for cheerful contemplation and collective action for the viewers.