Hikmet Cetinkaya


Hikmet Cetinkaya (b. 1958) embarked on his artistic voyage by graduating from the Department of Painting at the Faculty of Education in Gazi University, Ankara, in 1982. This marked the start of a remarkable career that would propel him right onto the global art stage. With over 47 years devoted to his craft, Cetinkaya created more than 30,000 artworks.

In 2002, Hikmet’s artistic vision found a new dimension as he established his own art house in the heart of Paris, France. Additionally, he maintained ateliers in Toronto (Canada) and Ankara (Turkey), further solidifying his international footprint. Not limiting himself to the walls of his studios, our painter graced stages worldwide as he engaged in live performances and conducted workshops in diverse locations such as Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Taiwan, and Australia.

Cetinkaya’s legacy is also etched in prestigious projects that bear his distinctive touch. Notably is an 18-meter-long masterpiece that adorns the walls of the Izmir airport and his artistic presence in many Turkish embassies scattered across the globe.

For more than two decades, the poppy has been threaded through Cetinkaya’s creations. To him, the poppy symbolizes the delicate yet enchanting beauty of existence, encapsulating both the fragility and allure of life’s journey.

Medium: Oil on Canvas