The painter Ömer Kaleşi, who has lived in Paris since 1965, has died at the age of 90. Kaleşi was an honorary member of the North Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
The painter Ömer Kaleşi has died at the age of 90. Kaleşi has lived in Paris since 1965. Kaleshi was born in 1932 in the village of Srbitsa in the Republic of North Macedonia. In 1950 he graduated from the Skopje Technical High School with a degree in electrical engineering. He emigrated to Turkey in 1956 and began his education at the Istanbul Fine Arts Academy in 1959. He completed his university education in 1965 in the studio of the painter Bedri Rahmi at the Academy of Fine Arts.
Kaleşi, who generally uses three colors in his paintings, started using “red” when he was a fine arts student in Istanbul. He started Black in 1993 with the theme of Balkan drama and continued it in the former Yugoslavia (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo) during the war. He began using Canvas White in 1981-82 with Dervish and Shepherd figures. Kaleşi, Istanbul, Rome, Vienna, Munich, London, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, The Hague etc. After many trips, paintings and exhibitions, he settled in Paris. Kaleşi was also an honorary member of the North Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts.