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Famous Artists from Turkey

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List of the most popular artists from Turkey, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Turkish artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Turkish artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list contains artists like Aysegül Yesilnil and Xurban collective.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Turkey?" and "Who are the most well-known Turkish artists?"

For further information on these historic Turkish artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Turkish artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈnuːɾi ˈbilɟe ˈdʒejlan], born 26 January 1959) is a Turkish film director, photographer, screenwriter and actor. He won the Palme d'Or, the highest ...more
Abidin Dino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Hand, Nomads, Portrait of a Woman

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Art Forms: Painting

Abidin Dino (23 March 1913 – 7 December 1993) was a Turkish artist and a well-known painter.
Ara Güler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Turkey, Beyoğlu

Nationality: Turkey

Ara Güler (born Aram Terteryan (Armenian: Արա Կիւլէր); 16 August 1928 – 17 October 2018) was an Armenian-Turkish photojournalist, nicknamed "the Eye of Istanbul" or "the ...more
İsmail Necmi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Ismail Necmi is a Turkish independent filmmaker, photographer and visual artist.
Bedri Baykam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Turkey, Ankara

Nationality: Turkey

Art Forms: Painting

Bedri Baykam (born 26 April 1957) is a Turkish artist, author, actor and .
Mehmet Güreli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Turkey, Istanbul

Nationality: Turkey

Mehmet Güreli is a Turkish writer, painter, director and musician born in 1949 in Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from Istanbul University, majoring in Philosophy. He started working in ...more
İsmail Cem İpekçi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

İsmail Cem (born İsmail Cem İpekçi, 15 February 1940 – 24 January 2007) was a Turkish social democratic politician, intellectual and journalist who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs ...more
Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğl... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Görele, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Art Forms: Painting

Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu (1911 – September 21, 1975) was a Turkish painter and poet.
Nasuh Mahruki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Ali Nasuh Mahruki (born May 21, 1968) is a professional mountain climber, writer, photographer and documentary film producer. An all-round outdoor sportsman, he climbed to the summit of Mount ...more
Yusuf Hayaloğlu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Yusuf Hayaloğlu

Birthplace: Tunceli, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Fikret Mualla Saygı is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Fikret Mualla Saygı Oturan Adamlar, Kafe, Balıkçı

Birthplace: Kadıköy

Nationality: Turkey

Fikret Muallâ Saygı (1904 in Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey – July 20, 1967 in Reillanne, France) was a 20th-century avant-garde painter of Turkish descent. His work reflects influences ...more
Osman Hamdi Bey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
The Tortoise Trainer

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Ottoman Empire

Art Forms: Painting

Osman Hamdi Bey (30 December 1842 – 24 February 1910) was an Ottoman administrator, intellectual, art expert and also a prominent and pioneering painter. He was also an accomplished ...more
Uğur Uluocak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Yaşar Uğur Uluocak (1962 – 2 July 2003) was a Turkish outdoorsman, mountaineer, photographer, and editor. Born in 1962 in Ankara, Turkey, Uğur attended Saint Joseph High School in Istanbul, and ...more
Nusret Çolpan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

Nusret Çolpan (October 1, 1952 – May 31, 2008) was a Turkish painter, architect and miniaturist, renowned for his paintings in Ottoman miniature style depicting cities around the world, ...more
Bikem Ekberzade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey

Birthplace: Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Bikem Ekberzade (b. 1971, Istanbul) is a Turkish journalist, photojournalist and documentary photographer. She is known for her work on forced migration in the Balkans, Africa, Central Asia, and ...more
Eşref Armağan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Eşref Armağan Volvo S60 painting, Portrait of Bill Clinton

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Art Forms: Painting

Eşref Armağan (born 1953) is a blind painter of Turkish origin. Born without sight to an impoverished family, he taught himself to write and print. He has painted using oil paints for roughly ...more
Ömer Asan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Ömer Asan

Birthplace: Trabzon, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Ömer Şükrü Asan (born May 28, 1961 in Trabzon, Turkey), is a Turkish folklorist, photographer and writer. In 2002, he was charged with allegations that he violated Article 8 of ...more
Setenay Özbek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Setenay Özbek

Birthplace: Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Setenay Özbek (born 1961, in Istanbul, Turkey) Is a Turkish-born writer, artist, and documentary filmmaker. Özbek is of Ubykh descent.
Turgut Berkes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Turgut Berkes

Birthplace: İzmir, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Art Forms: Painting

Turgut Berkes (1953 – 20 August 2018) was a Turkish rock musician, painter, and writer. He was born in 1953 in İzmir, Turkey. He was educated at the TED Ankara College and then at Bournemouth ...more
Bahadır Gökay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Bahadır Gökay

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Art Forms: Painting

Bahadır Gökay (born 1955 in Istanbul) is a Turkish painter. He graduated from the Department of Graphics in the State School of Higher Education of Applied Fine Arts Istanbul (now known as ...more
İsmail Acar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
İsmail Acar

Birthplace: Suşehri, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

İsmail Acar (born 1971) is a leading Turkish painter. He graduated with honors in 1991 from the Finer Arts School of Marmara University . In 1993, Acar received his Master of Arts degree in ...more
Burak Arıkan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Burak Arıkan

Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

Burak Arıkan (born in 1976, Istanbul) is a Turkish contemporary artist. His work is research-based, thus generates data and inputs into custom abstract machinery. Arikan is the founder of Graph ...more
İsmail Ateş is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
İsmail Ateş

Birthplace: Turkey

Nationality: Turkey

İsmail Ateş (pronounced /ˌɪsˈmɑːɪl ˌɑtɛʃ/, born Göle, Ardahan Province, Turkey; 1960) is a Turkish artist and professor. He graduated from Faculty of Education in Art, Painting Department ...more
Sevgi Çağal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Sevgi Çağal

Nationality: Turkey

Art Forms: Painting

Sevgi Çağal, born on February 17, 1957 in New York City, U.S. is a Turkish painter and sculptor.Sevgi was educated in French Linguistics at the New York University from 1974 to 1978, from ...more
Xurban collective is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Turkey
Xurban collective

Birthplace: New York

Nationality: Turkey

Xurban collective (stylized as xurban_collective) is an international art collective founded in 2000. Core members of the group are Guven Incirlioglu and Hakan Topal, whose transatlantic ...more