Kader Arnaout was one of the leading Syrian figures
in the modernist movement. However, his quest for
modernism has never lead him to sever his links with
his Arab heritage
He was born
in Damascus in 1936 and died there in 1992. He studied
fine arts in Rome and decorative arts in Paris. Arnaout
does not depend solely on lines, figures and symbols,
he uses colour abstractions to express his deepest
thoughts, and introduce his Arab cultural roots through
overlaps, gradiances, transparencies and shadings
On his return
from Paris, he introduced balance and coherence to
his paintings. Static symmetry and abstract expressionism
replaced his previous symbols-laden poetic style.
Arnaout was not only a painter of high distinction,
but was also, arguably, the godfather of Syrian graphic
are so famous in Syria, a fact that gave any public
event in the country a special artistic value, thanks
to its accompanying posters designed by this gifted
artist. Arnaout was also a multifaceted man.
He wrote poetry
and short stories, taught at the faculty of fine arts
in Damascus, and had a keen interest in music. However,
he is most remembered by his family and friends for
his sense of humour and funny anecdotes.
Arnaout profile from the Artists
from Syria website.