Artist, writer (B. 31 September 1925, Göçbeyli
/ Bergama / Izmir – D. 16 February 2005, Izmir). He completed his primary and
secondary education in Izmir.
He began to study in State Fine arts academy Art Department
in 1944. He took lessons from Cemal Tollu for six years in this school. He
graduated in 1950 and worked as art teacher in Afyon and Izmir Karşıyaka. He
worked in Izmir Education Institute between 1959-78 years. He contributed to
the opening of art department. He went to Paris
in 1962 and attended to Artist Henri Goetz’s Workshop. He opened almost fifty
solo exhibitions. Many of his works are in museums, in domestic and foreign
collections. There is a Şeref Bigalı Art Gallery
in Ankara, he
received State Art Grand Prize in 1986, later he received Turkey Is Bank Grand
Art Prize. His comprehensive book Resim Sanatı was published in 1976 for the first time and became a significant work for
plastic arts in our country. He was buried in Biga (Çanakkale).
“He has an
abstract insight and can construct and improve art on a mentality level and he
shines out with his colorist and spotist artist personality.” (Mümtaz
Şeref Bigalı / 50. Sanat Yılı (Doku Sanat Galerisi, December 1999) - Garanti
Sanat Galerisi Yayını (May 2000), Mümtaz Sağlam / Sanat Koleksiyonu-Türk
Sanatında 1950 Sonrası Çağdaş Yaklaşımlar ve Koleksiyondan Örnekler (vol. 1,
2004), Suluboya Ressamlar Grubu 35. Yıl Sergileri Kataloğu (Nüzhet İslimyeli
Anısına 35. Yılda 35 Gün Sergisi, 2005), İhsan Işık (TEKAA, 2009).