Halis Basarir graduated from the Department of Arts and Crafts at the Gazi Education Institute in 1966. He had his first personal exhibition in İstanbul in 1974 and has taken part in cultural and art festivals and fairs since 1975. He has also participated in many group exhibitions and competitions for painting and sculpture and has held solo exhibitions. He has been working as a decorator and sculptor at the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet since 1990.
His two significant awards are the 1st Honourable Mention at the Painting and Sculpture Competition of the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet in 1969, and First Prize at the Tekel Painting Competition in 1988.
1969 İstanbul Devlet Opera ve Balesinin açılışı nedeniyle düzenlenen yarışmada, heykel dalında mansiyon
1979 Balkan Film Şenliği Karikatür Yarışması (Birincilik Ödülü)
1988 Tekel Resim Yarışması (Birincilik Ödülü)