Mustafa Kozak - Süleyman Ekin / Antalya, Aug 10 () - Famous Turkish painter, journalist and author Fikret Otyam died on Aug. 9 at the age of 89 in the southern province of Antalya. His wife, Filiz Otyam, said Fikret Otyam would be buried in Antalya, after a funeral to be held at the Hacı Bektaş Veli Cemevi, in accordance with his wishes.
She said Otyam fought his illness until the last minute. “He had not been able to work in the last few months, but we made a plan three days ago. We would have placed his easel and dyes in his bedroom. He said he would make a painting. He had heart attacks and was in and out of intensive care many times. He was tired but he wanted to write a book on southeastern Anatolia. He was the most hardworking person I have ever seen. He was always busy.”
The artist, who won nine awards, including one from the UNESCO-linked International Association of Art, wrote 20 books and staged five photo-graph exhibitions and many painting exhibitions during his career.