Fateh Moudarres

Fateh Moudarres

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Fateh al-Moudarres () (1922—1999) was a Syrian painter and one of the leaders of the modern art movement in Syria. Moudarres studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, where he was influenced by Surrealism. After he completed his studies, he returned to Syria where he grew and honed his skills under the auspices of long-time friend, mentor, and tutor Wahbi Al-Hariri.


Born in Aleppo, Syria, Fateh Moudarres originally taught himself realist techniques before becoming interested in surrealism.


Accademia di Belle Arti

He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome from 1954 to 1960 and developed a distinctive style of painting that incorporated both movements. He abandoned the religious iconography and Syrian Art references of his early work for non-objectivity in the 1960’s. After 1967 however, his work took on political themes.

Ecole nationale superieur des Beaux Arts

Moudarres studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris for three years in the early 1970’s, and honed his technical and compositional skills before returning to Syria to teach at the University of Damascus an opportunity that allowed him to interract with other young Syrian artists. During this time, he was mentored by Syrian artist Wahbi Al-Hariri, "The Last of the Classicists," with whom he would remain friends.

Return to Syria

Upon his return from Italy late 1950s, Moudaress abandoned the traditional formulas of painting prevalent in Syria and began to...
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