İsmail Şanal was born in İzmir, Turkey in 1983.
He has received opera and art lessons since his early childhood.
He enriched his perception of art getting in touch with the academic staff at Fine Arts of Dokuz Eylül University, at which he was a student of the vocational school under the Education Faculty. He worked on modern impressions until he moved to İstanbul in 2006 and within the chaotic atmosphere of the city he gravitated to expressionism. Under the influence of Republican Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and Abidin Dino, he observed master painters such as Devrim Erbil, Ergin İnan, Kemal Önsoy, Ahmet Güneştekin with great care for long years. His paintings are displayed alongside Picasso and Miro at Art Gallery where the most impressive collections of Turkey are displayed.
Having resigned from his duty as a machinist after he dropped out of Electronic Engineering at Boğaziçi University, the artist chose to design the future rather following artificial, programmed ideals.
Writing films scripts as well, the artist generally creates abstract and contemporary works.
He is at display in many domestic and foreign collections.
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