Süleyman Saim Tekcan

Who is Süleyman Saim Tekcan?

He passed the talent exam in 1958 and graduated from Ankara Gazi Education Institute, Painting and Crafts Department in 1961.

Süleyman Saim Tekcan, who tried acting in 1965, starred in the films Çiçekçi Kız, Sevmek Zamanı, Sevgim ve Gururum and Dear Teacher.

He went down in cinema history with his role as the bad lover Başar in the most famous of these films, Sevmek Zamanı, written and directed by Metin Erksan.

He started working as a “Lecturer” at Istanbul Atatürk Education Institute in 1968 and continued until 1975. Meanwhile, in 1970, he studied engraving for a year and conducted research in Germany.

In 1975, the artist completed his bachelor’s degree in the Department of Painting at the State Academy of Fine Arts, which was later named Mimar Sinan University Faculty of Fine Arts, and took his place in the staff of Mimar Sinan University Faculty of Fine Arts by obtaining a qualification in Art equivalent to a Doctorate from the same faculty. In 1985, he was appointed as the Head of the “Graphic Art Department” with the title of Professor.

He gave engraving seminars at home and abroad.

After the establishment of screen printing and engraving workshops in the Graphic department of the Academy of Fine Arts, notable artists who grew up in these workshops were Alaettin Aksoy, Aydın Ayan, Hüseyin Bilgin, Gören Bulut, Gül Derman, Devrim Erbil, Güngör İblikçi, Gündüz Gönlönü, Mehmet Güler, Ali Teoman Germener. , Zahit Büyükişleyen, Erol Deneç, Nail Peyza, Ergin İnan, Utku Varlık, Mustafa Plevneli, Hasan Pekmezci, Hayati Misman, Fevzi Karakoç, Hüsamettin Koçan, Atilla Atar, Ali İsmail Türemen, Kadri Özayten's efforts in the formation of Turkish engraving art with its personality. It was observed that they spent

In 1994, he became the dean of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Faculty of Fine Arts. Tekcan, who was the Founding Dean of Yeditepe University in 1996, the Founding Chairman of the Istanbul Graphic Arts Museum since 2004, and the founding dean of Işık University Faculty of Fine Arts, was deemed worthy of the 2022 Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Prize in the field of painting.

“Generally, in printing arts, one color is printed and dried, the second color is printed on it, dried, and by drying, a picture is created by printing each color on top of each other. I don't do that. I put six colors into six machines. Every color and shape I put is different. When I print the paint on paper, I print the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth colors before the paint dries. I have the opportunity to find endless colors among the six colors. When it dries, a very different style emerges from the pictorial style of expression with clear boundaries. "Because I discovered it for the first time, it is named after me."


2004: Meridian Foundation, Washington

2005: National Arts Club New York USA

2007: Contmporary Istanbul Tekin Art Gallery

2007: Beşiktaş Contemporary Art Gallery Artistanbul 2007 Istanbul

2008: 48th engraving painting retrospective exhibition Caddebostan Cultural Center, Istanbul

2008: Almelek Art Gallery Istanbul

2008: Pg Art Gallery, Istanbul


1982: Painting and Sculpture Museums Association Contemporary Artists Engraving Award

1985: Viking Paper Industry Engraving Competition Achievement Award

1986: Bangladesh Asian Biennial Grand Prize in Engravings

1986: Turkey Asia-Europe Biennial Prime Ministry Friendship and Peace Award in the Engraving category

1988: Third Prize in the Engraving category at the 49th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition

1992: Second Prize at the State Engraving Exhibition

1993: Art Institution Artist of the Year Award

2022: Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Prize

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