Kadri Özayten was born in Antalya in 1947. He earned his undergraduate degree from the İstanbul Tatbiki College of Fine Arts, Department of Painting. The same year, he joined the teaching faculty of the İstanbul Tatbiki College of Fine Arts. He continued with studio work at the Salzburg Summer Printmaking Academy with a scholarship from the Austrian government in 1977. He was given a printmaking certificate from Werner Otte. He produced printmaking at the Çamlıca House of Art in 1986. He died in 2014.