Cihat Burak was born in Istanbul in 1915. He completed his secondary education at Galatasaray Lisesi. He earned his undergraduate degree from the İstanbul Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Architecture, in 1943. Between 1953-1955, he went to France on a United Nations scholarship, and to Paris on a French government scholarship between 1961-1965 to study painting technique and methods of precast construction. Between the years of 1976-1992, he produced printmaking at Süleyman Saim Tekcan's studio in Kuyubaşı Aralık Sokak first, and then in Tekcan's studio in Söğütlüçeşme and Çamlıca House of Art. He died in Istanbul in 1994. During his lifetime, Burak participated in many exhibitions at home and abroad. He was the recipient of many prizes including the Paris-Utrillo Contest Silver Medal, the State Painting and Sculpture Museum's Contemporary Turkish Art Prize and the Sedat Simavi Foundation Visual Arts Award.