Saim Erken was born in Bilecik in 1965. He graduated from the Department of Painting at Marmara University's Atatürk Faculty of Education, Muammer Öner Atelier, in 1987. In 1990, he completed his master's degree in the Department of Painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. The artist's paintings can be found in the Naval Forces Command Museum, the Ziraat Bank collection, and numerous private collections. Erken continues to live and work in Istanbul.