Born in Kayseri.
After graduating from the Uludağ University Faculty of Education in 1985, he completed his master and PhD degrees in 2000. He took office in 2003 as the founding academic member of the Atatürk University Faculty of Fine Arts. He continued to serve in the Akdeniz University Faculty of Fine Arts in 2003. In the same year, he was tasked for conducting research and examination in the Nuremberg city of Germany with the artist exchange program within the scope of the Antalya-Nuremberg sister city agreement. He conducted examinations in many European countries particularly in Germany by visiting the museums between the years of 1996-2004. He became Associate Professor in 2007 and Professor in 2017. He is presently continuing to perform his duty in Istanbul Gelişim University.
Erol Kılıç is one of our contemporary artists, who is in endeavor to carry the visual language of traditional arts to the world and who has made breakthrough in recent years. While the artist highlights the unique paint plasticism sometimes with a series of works that he interpreted in a manuscript with miniatures, sometimes he meets us with ceramic tiles with Kaaba portraits, which is the characteristics of 15. and 16. centuries, in his paintings that he fictionalized with cultural images. The artist makes the invisible images of the mystical experiences visible in the pictorial expression, and he makes a visual start about the Islamic mysticism in his artworks themed with White Love.
Artworks of Erol Kılıç, which he internalized with the inspirations of the traditional culture, open a new way to Turkish artists, and provide a different dimension to the art world. The artist continues his art works as the artist of Gallery Baraz, which is the most respectful gallery of Istanbul, and in his own workshop that he named as sanctuary, and also in his house workshop in Istanbul.
1997 - 58. State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition – Ankara – Istanbul – Izmir
1998 - Tekel Traditional 10. Painting Contest Exhibition – Istanbul – Ankara – Izmir.
2000 – International Turkish World Group Exhibition, Cultural Center – Isparta.
2002 – 30.DYO Painting Contest Exhibition, Izmir - Ankara - Istanbul – Isparta.
2003 - 65. State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition – Ankara – Istanbul – Izmir
2003 - 6. Turkish World Group Exhibition, Ankara – Istanbul.
2003 - Antalya Painting Festival – Antalya.
2003 - “Reflections” Painting Exhibition, Nuremberg-Germany.
2004 - 65. State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition – Ankara – Istanbul – Izmir.
2005 - Arkeo Art Painting Exhibition, Nuremberg- Germany.
2006 - 5. Şefik Bursalı Painting Exhibition – Ankara.
2006 – Group Painting Exhibition -Nuremberg-Germany.
2007 - 68. State Painting Exhibition, Izmir-Istanbul.
2008 - “8. Şefik Bursalı Painting Contest” Exhibition, Ankara.
2008 - “33. DYO Painting Exhibition Contest”, Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir.
2009 - Turkish World 13. Painters Reunion Exhibition, Samsun, Amasya.
2009- Great Reunion, Fine Arts and Design Faculty Members Exhibition, Faculty of Fine Arts -Muğla.
2009 - 1. International Art Symposium and Exhibition, Girne American University, Cyprus.
2010 - Orient und Okzident, Group Painting Exhibition -Nuremberg-Germany
2010 - TUYAP 20. International Istanbul Art Fair.
2010-2013- TURKSOY Painters Reunion Exhibitions, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Latvia, 2010-2013.
2010- 3. Ege Art Fair, Izmir.
2011- 1. World’s Academy of Arts “New Era” Exhibition, Moscow-Russia.
2011- 1. International Art Biennial, Izmir, May 2-11, 2011.
2011- 5. International Plastic Artists Reunion Exhibition, Antalya, June 2-15, 2011.
2011- TUYAP 21. International Istanbul Art Fair. Istanbul, Gallery Baraz, November, 13-20.
2011- GABALA II. International Art Exhibition, Azerbaijan, December 17-18, 2011.
2011- IFAS International Art Symposium Exhibition, Selçuk University, Konya, October 20-22, 2011.
2011- 2. Gabala International Art Exhibition, Azerbaijan, December 17-18, 2011.
2012- Mediterranean Art Fair 2012, Glass Pyramid-Antalya, February 8-12, 2012.
2012- Story of a Modest Letter, Vav and Amentü Ship Exhibition, Küçük Çekmece Municipality, Cennet Cultural and Art Center, Istanbul.
2012 – KTO Karatay University International TURKISH-ARAB Artist Reunion, September 20-30, 2012, Konya.
2012 – OSTRAKA International ARAB-TURKISH Artist Reunion, Sarm el Sheik, Eigypt, December 9-18, 2012.
2012- TÜYAP 22. International Istanbul Art Fair, Gallery Baraz Istanbul, November 18-25.
2012- CI Contemporary Istanbul, Gallery Baraz, November 22-25, 2012.
2013- The World’s Academy of Arts “New Era” Exhibition, Yüksel Sabancı Art Center, Istanbul, April 15-22, 2013.
2013- All Arts Istanbul, April 18-21, 2013.
2013- Immagina Arte in Fiera Modern and Contemporary Arts Fair, Reggio Emilia-Italy, October 25-28.
2013- TUYAP 23. International Istanbul Art Fair, Gallery Baraz, Istanbul, November 18-25.
2014- “Mystical Signs From Tradition to Modern” Painting, Ofis Art Center, Sakarya, February 30 – March 20.
2014- Democracy Feast International Art Workshop, Dumlupınar University, April 22-28, 2014. Kütahya.
2014- 24. International Tuyap Art Fair, International Knidos Cultural and Art Academy Gallery, Istanbul, November 8-16, 2014.
2014- 3. Kalanirvana International Art Residency, Kiit University and Kalanirvana Organization, December 9-21, 2014, Bhubaneswar, India.
2015- Plasticism of Signs From Tradition to Future, Solo Exhibition, Küçük Çekmece Municipality Exhibition Hall, January 10- February 10, 2015, Istanbul.
2015- 1. International Art Ankara Contemporary Arts Fair, (UKKASA) International Knidos Culture and Arts Academy Gallery, Ankara, March 11-15, 2015.
2015- “Pilgrimage” The Great Kaaba Group Exhibition, Küçük Çekmece Municipality Cennet Cultural Center, April 25 – May 25, 2015, Istanbul.
2015- 9. International Artists Reunion Festival, Archeology Museum, June 2-15, Antalya.
2015- 24. International Tuyap Art Fair, International Knidos Culture and Ard Academy Gallery, Istanbul, November 8-16, 2014.
2016- 2. International Art Ankara Contemporary Art Fair, (UKKASA) International Knidos Culture and Art Academy Gallery, Ankara, March 09-13, 2016.
2016- 1. International Alanya Culture and Art Days Exhibition. Alanya. April 10-20, 2016.
2016- Artists in Sakarya, Selections of Gallery Baraz, Ofis Art Gallery, Sakarya, March 29 – April 24, 2016.
2016- International Art Colony Sarajevo Exhibition, Sarajevo, Hüsrev Pasha Han, September 1-9, 2016.
2016- Those Producing Art and Teaching Arts 2. Exhibition, İş Bankası Kibele l, Art Gallery, İstanbul, April 25 – June 25, 2016.
2016- White Love- Mystic Signs Solo Painting Exhibition, G.S.F. Gallery, Antalya, November 15-25, 2016.
2018 – Imagining of Creation, Solo Painting Exhibition, , East Gallery, Istanbul, March 20-12, 2018.