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Born in the village Karalar, Ankara, Fikri CANTÜRK completed his primary education attending the school “Eğitmenli” in his home town for the first three years and Hasanoğlu Village Institute Application Primary School for the remaining two years. He graduated from Hasanoğlu Village Institute in 1952. In the same year he was appointed to Koparan Village Primary School, which is nearby Ankara as the “School Principle”. He attended the Department of Painting, Gazi Institution of Education in 1954 and in 1957 he won his degree. In 1957, he was appointed to Van-Emis (Alparslan) Teacher Training School. In 1958 he started Officer Cadet School. From 1958 to 1959, he completed his military service as a reserve officer in Mersin Petty Officer School. He worked as a teacher in Beşikdüzü Girls Teacher Training School from 1959 to 1960, in Trabzon High School in 1961 and in Ordu-Perşembe Teacher Training School from 1962 to 1965.


He was sent to France by the Ministry of Education in1965. During 1965 and 1966, he did some research, investigation and works of art in Paris. In the same years he made some studies in Dijon Teacher Training School and with a couple of friends opened an exhibition in Dijon University making Turkey both touristic and culturally known and this drew the attention of Dijon people dramatically.


When he was back in Turkey in 1967, he was appointed to Kütahya Girls’ Teacher Training School, and worked there as the chief of the workshop and the chief of education. In 1970, Mr. Cantürk was appointed to Samsun Institute of Education,

where took part in the foundation of the Department of Painting and worked there as the head of the department for 10 years. In 1983, he earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Painting, which was later joined to 19 Mayıs University.


From 1985 to 1988 he worked in Hacettepe University Fine Arts Faculty as a part-time academician.


He became an associate professor in 1987 and made a comeback to work for the Department of Painting in Faculty of Education, Anadolu University. In 1992, he was appointed as the head of the Department and worked there until his retirement. He became the professor in 1993. Mr. Cantürk, who retired in 1997, is still working in his studio in Eskişehir.


As well as focusing on painting recently, Mr. CANTÜRK has not only been concerned with sculpture but also literature. Among his sculpture studies “ATATURK MONUMENT” in the gardens of Kütahya Girls’ Teacher Training School (1967) and Atatürk Primary School (1968)can be pointed out.




  • Ninety-nine Pigeons and One Olive, (Poems) 1961,

  • My Hands (Poems) 1963,

  • Fundamental Problems in Plastic Arts, Anadolu University Publications. 1993,

  • Introduction to Arts and Esthetics (The Publication he was the Editor of) Anadolu University Publications 1993.

  • Slums- Homes of Misery -1962, (Milliyet Newspaper article contest organized in the name for Ali Naci Karacan)

  • Analysis of Sait Faik Stories (Research Article prepared with Güven Kalafat), Varlık Periodical, Issue: 604 155 August 1963




Ankara Painting and Sculpture Museum, Denizli, Mersin Painting and Sculpture Museum, Anadolu University Museum of Modern Arts, Ministry of Culture, TRT, Ziraat, İş, Halk Bank, DYO, Presidency of General Staff Collections. Apart from all these, he has many works of art in official and private collections both in Turkey and in abroad.




In Turkey;

  • State Painting and Sculpture Exhibitions

  • DYO Exhibitions

  • Exhibitions of the society of United Artists and Sculpture

  • Exhibitions of the Artist graduated from Teacher Training Institute

  • Many others including the Exhibitions by the group Art Again 2000


In Abroad;

  • 5th, 7th and 11th Monaco The Modern Plastic Arts Exhibition

  • The 3rd Biennial by Balkan Peace and Friendship District as representative of Turkey in 1982

  • Exhibitions organized in Germany, Austria, Kuwait, as representative of Turkey

  • The year of Japan and Turkey, Examples from Contemporary Turkish Painting in 2003




  • 1975      “Special Jury Award” in the 5th DYO Exhibition

  • 1976      The award of achievement in the 37th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition

  • 1977      “Mention of Honor” in the 11th DYO Exhibition

  • 1982      The award of achievement in the 41st State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition

  • 1981    Award for the First-Runner-Up in the Competition Organized  by the Ministry of Culture on the subject “The War of Independence and The Revolutions of Atatürk” on the 100th anniversary of Atatürk’ s Birthday

  • 1985      Award in the 19th DYO Exhibition

  • 1986      “The Mention of Honor” in the Competition Organized by the Turkish Grand National Assembly on the Subject “National Sovereignty and Peace” 

  • 1987      The award of achievement in the 48th State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition

  • 1987      The mention of Honor in the TAPO Atatürk the 6th Painting Competition

  • 2002      Gazi University, 75 Years in Education “Plate of Honor”

  • 2007      Eskişehir Art Association, “Art Incentive Reward”

  • 2010      Eskişehir Art Association, “Reward of Exertion in Art”

  • 2011      BRHD 40. Years “Honor Award”




  • 1963      Poetry Exhibition visually and audibly supported- SAMSUN

  • 1965      Poetry Exhibition visually and audibly supported- ORDU

  • 1970      State Gallery of Fine Arts- ANKARA

  • 1986      Mige Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 1987      Doku Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 1988      Dönüşüm Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 1991      Armoni Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 1993      Emlak Bank Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 1993      Palet Art Gallery- ISTANBUL

  • 1999      Doku Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 1999      Boyut Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 2000      Gallery Soyut- ANKARA

  • 2001      Gallery Soyut- ANKARA

  • 2002      Sergi Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 2003      Skala Art Gallery- ESKİŞEHIR

  • 2003      Istanbul Security Exchange Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 2003      Soyut Art Gallery- ANKARA

  • 2004      İMKB Ankara Art Galery, ANKARA

  • 2004      Art Fair (AKM), İSTANBUL

  • 2005      Art Fair (AKM), ANKARA

  • 2005      Ege Art (AKM), İZMİR

  • 2006      State Gallery of Fine Arts- ESKISEHIR

  • 2007      Gallery Soyut- ANKARA

  • 2007      Vestel Art Gallery, ESKİŞEHİR

  • 2008      Gallery G&G- ANKARA

  • 2010      Gallery G&G- ANKARA

  • 2011      Gallery G&G- ANKARA

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