Arts & Artists
Fateh al-Moudarres

(1922 - 1999)

Born in Aleppo, Syria, Fateh al Moudarres originally taught himself realist techniques before becoming interested in Surrealism. He then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome from 1954 to 1960 and developed a distinctive style of painting. He was a founder of the contemporary art movement in Syria.

He abandoned the religious iconography of his early work for non-objectivity in the 1960’s. After 1967 his work took on political themes. Moudarres studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris from 1969-1972.

Moudarres was dean and professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts in
Damascus until 1993, where his style influenced upcoming young artists. He received many awards and medals of excellence. He wrote several short stories and poetry books, and had individual and group exhibitions in Syria, the Middle East, Europe and America.