Saim Caglayan

Saim Caglayan was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and came to the U.S. in 1968 to study architecture. After three years, his interest changed and he went on to complete his BA degree in Sculpture from California State University, Long Beach. He continued his education by taking graduate courses in art at California State University, Fullerton, and the Art Institute of Southern California. For over 20 years he taught sculpture at Crafton Hills College and Golden West College and more recently, plein air painting at Irvine Valley College, as well as private painting classes in California and Kaua‘i. Saim has been plein air painting the landscapes of the California desert, coastline and Hawaiian Islands for many years. His goal as a painter is to capture the ever-transient light and its colors within a composition of balance and harmony.

In 2003, with Pierre Bouret, Saim started Kaua‘i Outdoor Painters Association (KOPA) and in 2005, with Ronaldo Macedo, he founded ISLANDERS, a group of painters representing the Hawaiian Islands. By 2007, he started Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational (BSPAI) with Katalina Prince . All these organizations and events promote plein air painting and benefit nonprofit organizations in their respected communities.