Born in Istanbul, Gizem Saka studied drawing and sculptural form in her historic home city. In 1999, she moved to the U.S to attend graduate school in economics at Cornell University, where she also continued painting at the Department of Art & Architecture.
Having combined her two interests in painting and economics, she developed the course “Economics and Art” at Wellesley College and taught it at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. She currently teaches at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since 2005, her work has been shown in over 15 national and international venues. She is the recipient of and Experimental Course Grant for Art and Economics at Wellesley College; and two exhibition grants from the Turkish Cultural Foundation. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Cultural Economics.