b. Ankara-Turkey, 1957
Bedri Baykam is one of Turkey’s internationally most well known artists and intellectuals. He has had international exhibitions since the age of six until today in Bern, Geneva, New York, Washington, Paris, Cannes, London, Rome, Munich, Stockholm, San Francisco, Havana, Kiev, Berlin to name a few.
He studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and got MBA degree. During this time, he also studied drama in L'Actorat, Paris. He lived in California during the years 1980-1987, studied painting and film-making at the CCAC, in California. He has had several shows in New York, California and Paris. He returned to Turkey in 1987.
He has had 142 one-man-shows in around the world in addition to participating to numerous group shows. Baykam is one of the pioneers of the New-Expressionism movement and of multi-media and photo-painting oriented political art. He is the author of 29 published books, two feature film scripts; there are also 52 catalogs and 8 books about his works.
He is the co-founder and actual President of UPSD-Turkish Plastic Arts Association which is a member of International Association of Art (IAA) –official partner of UNESCO. Baykam was also elected as the World President of the International Association of Art at 18th General Assembly in Plzen in 2015, with his term lasting till 2020 June. Also Baykam has been a columnist for several Turkish publications such as Tempo, Siyah-Beyaz, Aydınlık and Cumhuriyet among others. He currently writes in Cumhuriyet daily and OdaTv news website. He is one of the central characters of the artistic and political milieu in Turkey. The artist is the founder (2006) of Piramid Sanat (art center) in Taksim Square in Istanbul.