Born in Romania, Devis Grebu studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Bucharest. In 1964, he emigrated to Israel and, in the early 70s, he settled in France, where he acquired French citizenship. Seeking new professional opportunities, he moved to New York in 1986 and remained a United States resident over a period of 10 years. In 1996, he sojourned once again in Israel and (two years later) in France before returning to his native country, where he has been living since 2001.
His art-work has been exhibited all over the world and critically acclaimed for more than 40 years, with one–man shows at National Museums and many renown Art Galleries in the United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, China, Israel, Spain, Romania, Japan, Belgium, Italy, and Iran. His illustrations are internationally known and his work has frequently and consistently appeared in major magazines, newspapers, book-publishing houses and advertising agencies throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. To mention some of them: The N.Y. Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Ha’aretz and many others, as well as book publishers, Gallimard, Flammarion, Simon&Schuster, Viking-Penguin etc. and advertising agencies, such as Cline Davis & Mann, TBWA, Grey, Saatchi&Saatchi, JWT etc. Apart from being an illustrator, Devis Grebu has worked as an Art Director for three magazines and managed his own Graphic Design Studio for about 10 years. He has designed postage-stamps, international trade-fair stands (for major companies and even for countries), commercial ads, playing cards, (haute-couture) fashion illustrations, calendars, package designs, posters and brochures, logos and medals, short animated TV movies, etc. He has also created sets and costumes for Theatre. He has taught at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, among which Columbia University, Parson’s School of Design (New York), The National Design and Technology Institute (Holon, Israel), and the University of Architecture (Bucharest). A monograph of his work, ”Devis Grebu- Through an Artist’s Eye” was published in 1989 by the prestigious art book publisher RIZZOLI- International (New York). In 2009, another superb Album–Monograph entitled “Devis Grebu” was published by the Romanian Cultural Institute (Bucharest). His name figures in the “Who’s Who” of the Best Illustrators in the World and he has often been awarded national as well as international prizes for his creations.