Gültekin Bilge is a Turkish Cypriot Artist, born 1945. He received his MA in1972, graduating from the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts. Bilge was unable to paint for many years after losing the use of his right hand when he was shot in the 1974 Cyprus War. During recovery he worked as an art teacher whilst following developments in contemporary art and searching for ways to create his own unique style that could be recognised as having roots in the Turkish tradition. For many years Bilge was dissatisfied with his works and destroyed them. Since returning to painting full time in 2005 he has won numerous awards and has exhibited widely in Europe, USA, Australia and Japan. His works are held in private collections in UK, Cyprus, Turkey, Germany, USA and Japan.