Saim Caglayan was born in Istanbul, Turkey and came to the United States 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 then took further graduate courses in art from California State University, Fullerton and the Art Institute of Southern California. For over twenty years he taught sculpture for Crafton Hills College and Golden West College and recently plein air painting at Irvine Valley College, and private painting classes in California and Kaua’i.
Saim has been plein air painting the landscapes of the California desert, coastline and Islands of Hawaii for many years now.
His goal as a painter is to capture the ever-transient light and its colors within a composition of balance and harmony.
In 1996 he founded LPAPA, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. His goal was to revive the tradition of the early California painters who had lived and painted in Laguna Beach. Today LPAPA has become a vibrant force in the art community of California with an impressive membership from Hawaii to Florida.
Saim, in 2003 with Pierre Bouret started KOPA, Kauai Outdoor Painters Association, in 2005 with Ronaldo Macedo ISLANDERS, a group of painters representing the Hawaiian Islands and in 2007 with Katalina Prince BSPAI, Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational. All these organizations and events promote plein air painting and benefit not for profit organizations in their respected communities.
Museum and Art Exhibitions
Laguna Art Museum California Open
Laguna Art Museum LPAPA invitational
San Bernardino County Art Museum California
Orange County Museum of Art
Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach
La Quinta Arts Festival
La Quinta Arts Foundation Desert Air
Curator, San Bernardino County Art Museum,
Women Sculptors of Southern CA Exhibit
Juror, Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach
Juror, San Bernardino County Art Museum
Juror, Golden West College Exhibit
Juror, Seal Beach Art Association
Juror, San Clemente Art Association
Public Sculpture & Painting
Commissions and Collections
St. Regis Resort, Kaua’i, Hawaii
Kahala Resort, Oahu, Hawaii
Shell Oil Company, LaJolla, CA
Aitoku, Konan, Japan
Crafton Hills College Learning Center, CA
Festival of Arts Office, Laguna Beach, CA
La Farge Plaza Fountain, Redlands, CA
St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange, CA
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, CA
Memorial to the Sisters of St. Joseph, CA
Anitkabir Mausoleum of Ataturk, Turkey
His Majesty, Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
Mr. & Mrs. Pierce Brosnan
Mr. & Mrs. Charlton Heston
Mrs. Nancy Sinatra
Mrs. Joan Irvine Smith
Mr. Tommy Tune