Born in 1958 in Konya (Turkey) and graduated from "Gazi" University in Ankara, Chetinkaya has more than 50 solo exhibitions and has taken part in more than 400 collaborative ones.
Hikmet also stages performances and ateliers for his fans. He has been awarded many decorations from the fine arts community in Turkey and abroad. He is the prize-winner for a series of competitions, which have given him the opportunity to create monumental artworks, placed in different social spaces around Turkey, such as ministries, airports, and hotels.
His entire artistic career and life philosophy revolve around the poppy. All his works are impactful and expressive.