BIOGRAPHY OF ATİLLA CAN
ATİLLA CAN, was born on 02 September 1969. Having been interested in arts since his childhood, the artist had his first ebru lesson from Caligraphy-Ebru master Ali Çalışır in Zal Mahmut Pasha Külliye, on the day of the conquest, the birthday of İstanbul. After having ebru education for 5 years with traditional master-apprentice method, he had his ebru diploma. Being one of the representatives of innovative movement of ebru, the artist brought innovations to ebru art by being the first one to perform snowdrop flower, cornflower, reverse tulüp, primrose and ebru portrait. Since 2009; he has been in official correspondence with United Nations and UNESCO PARIS in order that the art of ebru would be officially registered, taken under protection and also “WORLD EBRU DAY”( INTERNATIONAL EBRU DAY) would be celebrated on the second week of September each year around the world. With his efforts, hundreds of ebru artist in many countries around the world sent their work to Unesco Paris and they asked the art of ebru to be under protection and be passed on the future generations. The Unesco Project of Atilla Can was examined in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 24th to 29th November 2014 with the participation of 190 countries in the Intangible Cultural Heritage Intergovernmental Committee meeting; the art of ebru was accepted as “World’s Common Heritage” and became the 12th element from Turkey that took place in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. On the path to bring a new form to the art of ebru, representing this art in foreign and domestic festivals, exhibitions and events, being a Cultural Envoy, educating students, still practicing the art of ebru and having Artist Identity Card of the Ministry of Culture, ATİLLA CAN is married and has a daughter.
It was an historic moment in art history when UNESCO included Ebru in the cultural heritage list, taking it under preservation, marking the first time that preservation was provided for a Turkish-origin art by UNESCO in its history. The art of Ebru has been written in the history books in letters of gold as the 12th Turkish element. Through his incredible determination and effort, Atilla Can has achieved a great historical milestone in Ebru history.
The process was started when Atilla submitted a petition to the United Nations through the Paris office of UNESCO. In his petition, Atilla explained the virtues of Ebru as an historic and relevant art form. He passionately stated the grounds for why it must be handed down to future generations and taken under preservation as a valuable and genuine field of art with a history dating back more than 1,000 years. At the time, Ebru was not widely known and there certainly wasn’t even the idea of a “World Ebru (Marbling) Day”.
In his efforts, Atilla sent petitions and marbling samples to UNESCO from 6 different countries. He also submitted petitions and made phone calls to many different governmental and NGO offices, the Ministry of Culture and the national UNESCO commission in Turkey, explaining that he had been submitting petitions to the UN and UNESCO Paris to raise awareness related to the art of paper marbling. He requested support from government offices for his aim and explained the requirement to act collectively in order to send an official petition to UNESCO. Through his care and concern, he worked to convince the people and entities to believe in his vision.
Over the course of five and a half years of continued and dedicated work, he shared his vision of the UNESCO project to all Ebru artists he could reach and requested them to submit petitions to UNESCO Paris together with samples of their works. As if this moment had been waited for centuries, an incredible storm of excitement was created in a flash of action. Ebru artists from around the world sent hundreds of samples to UNESCO in support of Atilla’s effort. Samples and petitions continued to arrive for months, and it’s said that the Ebru art samples were enough to wrap the entire UNESCO building in Paris.
In addition to achieving UNESCO status for Ebru, Atilla envisioned an increasing awareness and popularity for Ebru Art. An early stated goal was to bring together Ebru artists from around the world on a yearly basis and start the World Ebru Day Celebrations, regardless of the acceptance of his project by UNESCO. After completing preparations, he organized the first World Ebru Day in Istanbul in 2012 with various events, panels and exhibitions.
Today, World Ebru Day enjoys support and participation from nearly 50 countries. Atilla’s dream has become a great personal achievement and a UNESCO victory.
“Never give up dreaming. Only the most confident experience great miracles”
Official artist’s website: www.ebrudergisi.com
1-Karma Ebru Sergisi 2007/TEKİRDAĞ
2- Hat Dergisi ''Yılın Ebru Sanatçısı'' ödülü 2009 / İSTANBUL
3-''ABU DHABİ TÜRK FESTİVALİ'' 2010/BİRLEŞİK ARAP EMİRLİKLERİ
4-TBMM Şeref Holü Resim Sergisi 27.05.2011 /ANKARA
5-TJK Ankara Hipodromu Resim Sergisi 23.04.2011 /ANKARA
6-ÇTSO 1.Kişisel Ebru Sergisi 27 Mayıs-3 Haziran 2011/TEKİRDAĞ
7-Unicef ve Birleşmiş Milletler dstekli, Türkiyenin en büyük açık hava sergisi ''STARS OF İSTANBUL'' proje sanatçısı 1 Eylül-30 Kasım 2011 /İSTANBUL
8-''ABU DHABİ TÜRK FESTİVALİ'' 2011/BİRLEŞİK ARAP EMİRLİKLERİ
9-Akdeniz Üniversitesi 1.Uluslararası Kitap Sanatları Sempozyumu ve Ebru Çalıştayı karma sergi 22-24 Mart 2012 /ANTALYA
10-Uluslararası Türk Kültür ve Sanat Çalıştayı 2012 Jacsonville FLORİDA /ABD
11--Akdeniz Üniversitesi 1.Yöresel Ürünler Sempozyumu ve Kültür Sanat Etkinlikleri 14-18 Kasım 2012/ANTALYA
12-DÜNYA EBRU GÜNÜ 1. Organizasyonu Başkanı,Karma ebru sergisi 8 Eylül 2012 /İSTANBUL
13-Cemal Reşit Rey Konser Salonu 2. Kişisel Ebru Sergisi 10- 20 Aralık 2012 Harbiye/İSTANBUL
14-Uluslararası Türk Kültür ve Sanatlarını Tanıtma Çalıştayı 20-30 Mart 2013 Tiflis/GÜRCİSTAN
15-International Black Sea University Workshop,sergi 28.03.2013 Tiflis/GÜRCİSTAN
16-American Friendship Yoouth Clup Sergi Tiflis/ GÜRCİSTAN
17-Türkiye Sanat Etkinlikleri Grubu '' BULUŞMA-5'' karma sergi 20.4.2013/DİYARBAKIR
18--Uluslararası Türk Kültür ve Sanat Çalıştayı 2-9 Mayıs 2013 FLORİDA /ABD
19-Florida Atlantic Ünivesitesi 3.Kişisel Ebru Sergisi Mayıs 2013 /ABD
20-''42 Sanatçı 42 Eser'' 27 Mayıs-4 Haziran 2013 /KONYA
21-Cemal Reşit Rey ''6 Sanatçı 60 Eser'' Karma Ebru Segisi 27-30 Haziran 2013 Harbiye /İSTANBUL
22-Dünya Ebru Günü 2. Organizsyonu ''Sesler ve Renkler'' Zeugma Müzesi 14 Eylül 2013/GAZİANTEP
23-''37.Çocuk Kitapları Fuarı'' 13.10.2013 Lahey ( Den Haag ) HOLLANDA
24- İzmir Resim Heykel Müzesi ''Buluşma-5'' 22 Ekim-5 Kasım 2013 / İZMİR
25-Erdem Beyazıt Kültür Merkezi '' Osmanlıdan Yansımalar'' 25.10.2013 /ANTALYA
26-Akdeniz Üniversitesi 1.Yöresel Ürünler Sempozyumu ve Uluslararası Kültür Sanat Etkinlikleri Cam Piramit 14-17 Kasım 2013/ANTALYA
27-4.Kişisel Ebru Sergisi '' HAZAN ÇİÇEKLERİ'' Cam Piramit 14-17 Kasım 2013 /ANTALYA
28-BERN BÜYÜKELÇİLİĞİ EĞİTİM MÜŞAVİRLİĞİ ETKİNLİK 9.2.2014 Zürich / İSVİÇRE
29-TÜRK KÜLTÜR MERKEZİ Ebru Kursu Eğitmenliği 17 Mart -4 Nisan 2014 Tiflis/GÜRCİSTAN
30-Florida Atlantic Üniversitesi 5.Kişisel Ebru Sergisi ,sempozyum,Workshop 2014 Miami/ ABD
31-Müzeler Gecesi 17.05.3014 Belgrad /SIRBİSTAN
32-Berlin Büyükelçiliği 6.Kişisel Ebru Sergisi,Workshop 5.7.2014 Berlin/ALMANYA
33-Dünya Ebru Günü 3. Organizasyon ''Sudaki Tılsım'' 13.9.2014/ TRABZON
34-9.Somut Olmayan Kültürel Miras Hükümetlerarası Komite Toplantısı(Ebru Dosyamın Görüşme Toplantısı) 24-28 Kasım 2014 UNESCO /PARİS / FRANSA
35-Kardelen Festivali ''Kökler ve Kuşaklar Sanat Çalıştayı'' workshop 27-29 Mart 2015 İbradı/ANTALYA
36-Biga Kültür Sanat Festivali Sergi ,Workshp 2015 /ÇANAKKALE
37-Dünya Ebru Günü 5.Organizasyonu 2015/Yalova
38-EMİTT Fuarı Workshop Ocak 2016 /İSTANBUL
39-Elsje Projesi Karma Sergi Mart 2016 Arnhem/HOLLANDA
40-Mlada Bleslav Ebru Workshop Mart 2016 / ÇEK CUMHURİYETİ
41-1.Uluslararası Sanat & Sağlık Festivali Workshop 28 Nisan-1 Mayıs 2016 /ÇANAKKALE
42-Ebru Patchwork Projeckt Guinness Rekor,workshop Dobrovice /Çek CUMHURİYETİ
43- 6 .Dünya Ebru Günü Organizasyon Başkanlığı/sergi/workshop 27.11.2016 PRAG/ Çek Cumhuriyeti
44-Feta de la Tulipa workshop 29-30 Nisan 2017 MORGES/ İSVİÇRE
45-7.Kisisel Ebru Sergisi 18 Mayıs 2017 '' ÇİÇEK HASADI'' Biga / ÇANAKKALE
46-Meksika Ulıslararası Dost Kültürler Fuarı''Feria de las Culturas Amigas 2017''
20 Mayıs-4 Haziran 2017 Mecsico City/MEKSİKA
47- World Ebru Day Uluslararası Dünya Ebru Günü Projesi 29 Ekim-5 Kasım 2017 Abu Dhabi_Dubai / Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri
48-''Migratory Birds'' United Nations Geneva/ Göçmen Kuşlar 8.Kişisel Sergi Birleşmiş Milletler /Cenevre 6-16 Şubat 2018
49- Atilla Can "göçmen Kuşlar" Kişisel sergi 20-24.02.2018 Galerie Héritage/Cenevre/İsviçre