Ebubekir Altiok was born in 1982 in Karabuk, Turkey. He graduated from Duzce Imam Hatip Lisesi in 1999 and Duzce University School of Management in 2005. He is currently pursuing his graduate studies in the Traditional Turkish Arts department of Fatih Sultan Mehmet University and is a faculty member in the Traditional Arts and Crafts Department of Duzce University.
Ebubekir studied the art of calligraphy with Turan Sevgili and was granted a licence to teach the Sulus-Nesih styles in 2013 with a IRCICA ceremony. He exhibited extensively both in and outside of Turkey and was a speaker on Islamic calligraphy in many conferences. His works are showcased in many private collections.
In 2011, the artist’s work was awarded second place in a contest of the Ataturk Culture, Language and History Institute. He continues to create both classical and modern works of art in his atelier.
Durdane Unver studied Turkish ornamental arts under the supervision of Ord. Prof. Dr. A. Suheyl Unver in Topkapi Palace Turkish Arts Center. She also had the privilege of working with Gulbun Mesara, daughter of late Dr. Unver, in the field of miniatures and Turkish traditional paper cutting.
From 2004 to 2010, Durdane Unver taught traditional paper cutting within the Turkish Traditional Art Center established by the Turkish National Parliamentary. Her work in this area paved the way to the revival of the traditional art of paper cutting in Turkey after many centuries. She currently works as an instructor in the Mim Academy of Art in Istanbul. She also teaches at the Traditional Academy of Arts in the Istanbul municipality of Küçükçekmece.
Durdane Unver’s works have been displayed in various personal or joint exhibitions and private collections both in Turkey and in other countries since 1978. She is the recipient of several awards for her participation in competitions and exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her pieces can be found in the Abu Dhabi Museum of Culture and in Bosnia Museum. The Victor Roozen Collection of Netherlands has 3 of her miniatures as well as an album that features 32 tulip figures designed by her. Another album that displays 49 of her tulip motifs is in a a separate private collection.
Hulki Yavuz was introduced to the arts of shell inlay and marquetry at a young age in a Besiktas antique/inlay shop where he apprenticed. In 1967, he was employed by Topkapi Palace Museum in the restoration project of palace artifacts and continued to work in this capacity until he retired in 1994. During this time, he had the opportunity to study with masters such as Ruchan Yegin, Nihat Gulsal and Haydar Ozfiliz, and he actively worked in the restoration of the throne of Sultan Ahmed I, which is considered a masterpiece of mother-of-pearl inlay. He also met Emin Barin who taught him how to apply inlay and marquetry techniques to Arabic calligraphy. He still uses some of these techniques in his works today.
After he retired, Hulki Yavuz opened his own atelier in Kadikoy, Istanbul where he continues to create his artwork and train young artists. His pieces have been displayed in many exhibitions in Turkey and abroad.