Abdurrahman Oztoprak, a leading figure of the Abstract art movement in Turkey, was born in Istanbul in 1927 and graduated from the Fine Arts Academy there in 1951. He subsequently moved to Rome on a scholarship to study at the Fine Arts Academy in Italy and later settled in Germany. He was an artist, an architect, a designer and a great admirer of classical music, in particular Beethoven's symphonies, to which he listened faithfully. He was an innovator in his style of painting and used stencil, a difficult and meticulous technique, earlier than many other contemporary artists. Oztoprak would work diligently on his canvases and, not unlike Beethoven, would not deem them finished unless they reached absolute perfection. It is said that if the artist was not content with a particular angle of a line in a composition when the painting was nearly finished, he would restart it until it reached a superior level of precision. Many of the artist’s works are held in the collections of leading museums including the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. An extensive selection from Oztoprak's oeuvre was exhibited at Ca'Pesaro in Venice in 2008 before his passing in 2011.