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Born in Aleppo, Syria, Fateh Moudarres (1922-1999) was a prolific modernist pioneer with an extensive career
of working in mixed media and teaching.
After a brief period of utilizing realist and surrealist techniques in the
1950s, he traveled to Italy to attend the Accademia di belle Arti* in Rome. Returning to Damascus in 1960, he
re-emerged on the Syrian art scene with a personal style that he described as “surrealistic* and figurative with a
strong element of abstraction.”
Becoming deeply committed during this time, especially after 1967, Moudarres
took up highly political subject matter, often depicting the difficult daily realities that were faced by those
living in rural areas or on the margins of society.
In 1969 he left Syria to pursue advanced training at the Ecole
des Beaux Arts* in Paris. Upon resettling in his native country in 1972, he began a long tenure as a professor
in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Damascus and later served as the dean of the department
until he retired in 1993. Through this position he trained generations of young Syrian artists.
compositions often drew from a variety of sources, including mythology, ancient traditions, icon painting and
symbolism, he focused much of his work on portraying the formidable climate around him, as the Middle East
(and the world in general) became increasingly tumultuous.
Moudarres was one of the first artists to tackle
such issues and did so with bold brushstrokes, a rich palette and introspective portrayals of ordinary life, a
combination that had wide appeal and was mastered with great experimentation.
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