Birim was born in Bursa, Turkey in 1958. Birim's love of horses led him becoming a vet and during his studies he continued to paint. He says, 'As I learnt the muscular, organ and bone structure in our anatomy classes, I regularly drew sketches. This provided with me to have a sound foundation for my paintings. I spent most of my childhood surrounded by horses. The horses my family owned were a very important starting point to my painting career, and I have spent many of my days since drawing them. I have observed their joys, affections and passions very closely.' After graduating he entered into an internship in Normandy, France in 1980.