Ferruh Başağa was born in Istanbul in 1914. He completed his primary and secondary education in Sarajevo. He earned his undergraduate diploma from the Istanbul State Academy of Arts. In 1940, he worked with Nazmi Ziya, Leopold Levy and Zeki Kocamemi. Between 1940-1950, he worked at the Prime Ministry General Directorate for Press and Publication, as a Research Press Distribution Officer. Between 1951-1954 he served as an Art History teacher at the Yeni Kolej Lise. Between 1976-1979 he first worked in Süleyman Saim Tekcan's studio in Kuyubaşı, Aralık Street, then he continued his works in Tekcan's studio in Söğütlüçeşme and between 2006-2007, he worked on printmaking at IMOGA Etching Studios. In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Culture and Art Grand Prize. He died in Istanbul in 2010.