Cihan grew up on the south coast of Turkey where he spent nearly every childhood holiday by the beach. This sparked a deep interest in the interaction between sky and land and how people connect with that location.
But it wasn’t until he was living in Australia that he embarked on his first aerial shoot over MonaVale Beach, capturing the colourful surfboards strewn across the beach.
Since then Cihan has hung out of helicopters and small aircraft everywhere from Australia and Europe to Asia and homeland.
Cihan is now based from his studio in Melbourne when not travelling.
Cihan Bektas is an award-winning photographer and creative artist based in Melbourne, Australia. His work and style are influenced by many different aspects of historical art. He has pioneered the use of digital manipulation within his field. He has an unmistakable pictorial idiom, based on his humour, his playfulness and practically unlimited power of the imagination. His pictorial composition nonetheless remains simple and clear. The multiple levels of interpretation in Cihan Bektas Studio’s work point to surrealist art as the creative source of their inspiration. Breathtaking compositions and beauty.
He has been fortunate to have had numerous solo exhibitions. His art sells both nationally and internationally and has featured in publications such as Guardian AU, Worbz GER and XoXo Magazine TR,2020 wasHead-On Foto Biennial Exhibition, 2019 Chromatics Awards- Fine Art Honorable Choice, 2019 Sunstudios / SEPA, 2018 TedsCamera Winner Photo Comp,St. 2014 Petersburg Foto Festival, 2013 Avignon Art Biennial, 2012 Foto Istanbul Bienal.
2020 Australian Photography Awards 20 Finalist and 10th Place on Portrait Category
2020 Australian Photography Magazine September Theme Prize
2020 Australian Photography Magazine August Finalist Prize
2020 Issuu No7 Magazine interviews for Best Emerging Photographers 2020
2020 Capture Magazine Honorable Mentioned in Documentary Selection
2020 Moscow Foto Festival 2020 Gold Medal
2020 Australian Photography Magazine April Prize
2020 London Photo Call Featured Artist
2020 Paris Photo-Off Instant 2020 Featured Artist
2020 Paris Photo Festival, Imagination.It Winner Artist
2020 Capture-Mag Australian Talent Interviews
2020 Londo Photo Fair Art Featured Artist
2020 LensCulture Honorable Portfolio Selection
2020 Head-On Foto Biennial Exhibition ( Announced )
2019 Chromatics Awards- Fine Art Honorable Choice
2019 IZ issue 65 Portfolio interview
2019 TheGuardian Newspaper Cover News
2019 XoXoMag Interview -HER-
2019 Worbz Belgium Magazine Interview
2019 Sunstudios / Canon Winner Prize ( Year of the Photographer)
2018 TedsCamera Winner Photo Comp
2014 St.Petersburg Foto Festival
2013 Avignon Art Biennial
2012 Foto Istanbul Bienal
2006 Genis Acı Genc Solukla