Born in Romania, Devis Grebu studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Bucharest. In 1964, he emigrated 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 1998, he sojourned once again in France before returning to his native country, where he has been living since 2001. But, after a very disturbing moral, political and civic legislatives actions of the romanian Government and the Parlament began developing in Romania, Devis Grebu decided to leave again – for an exile – back in France, his adoptive country, where he lives today.
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.