Born in Burdur in 1939, Şükrü Çağlayan graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1961 and then began his career as an Air Force officer. Throughout his career he continued to draw in charcoal and paint in watercolours and oils, a hobby he had aquired on his own from a very young age. Many of his paintings and posters from his period deal with his professional life in the Air Force. He was one of the founders of the Air Force Museum and continued to work in it’s administration until his retirement in 1993. Since then he has taken up painting and drawing as full-time occupation and is known particularly for his paintings of the old houses, streets and seaside vistas of the Bosphorus. He has for some time worked particularly in watercolours and it is in that medium that he is best known now. He had many many exhibitions of his works.