Necmi Riza Ayça was one of the best of the Turkish cartoonists of his generation. Born in Pristina, Yugoslavia, he studied at the Pertevniyal High School and then at the Davutpaşa High School, both in Istanbul, where he attended the workshop of painter Hikmet Onat. He published his first amateur cartoon in the Cumhuriyet newspaper in 1927, and began his professional career with the satirical magazine Akbaba ("Vulture") in 1936. He drew many covers for this publication, in a recognizable boldly inked style. Ayça subsequently published his work in other humour magazines, such as Karikatür, Şaka, Papağan and Pardon, and was a regular contributor to Amcabey magazine for many years. His work has been collected in several annuals since 1952, and he has had over 20 exhibitions dedicated to his work. The artist died in Istanbul in 2001.