Born in Turkey, Cemal Toy graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Mimar Sinan University.  Influenced by the classical Turkish miniatures of the Ottoman period and the emotions and personal experiences woven into traditional Turkish carpet designs, he incorporates these elements into his own art with a contemporary twist. He enjoys using a variety of mediums including acrylics and watercolours on parchment. Currently based in Istanbul, Cemal Toy continues to paint and to share his passion for art by teaching.