Born in Bartin, Turkey in 1934, Ziver ONCEL studied mining engineering in Technical Universities in Istanbul, Turkey and Clausthal, Germany. In 1994, after years of working in General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration and Beril Mining Corporation, he retired and was able to concentrate on painting.
He has participated in more than 10 mixed exhibitions and held personal ones in 1998 and 2000. Throughout his mining engineering career, he has had the opportunity to visit remote parts of Turkey and see the natural beauties there.
He says those fine sights have prompted him to make paintings of ‘’the nature on his mind’’.