Mahir Güven was born in Istanbul in 1958. He studied painting with Neşet Günal in the Painting Department at Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts between 1976 and 1981. Güven had his first exhibition in Ankara in 1981. In the same year, he received an award in the category of design in the Osman Hamdi Painting Competition. In 1989, he received first prize in the “Güzel Istanbul” Painting Competition. Güven has had solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions in Turkey. Currently, he continues his work in Istanbul.