Ahmad Madoun is a Syrian artist born in 1941 in Palmyra where he had completed his elementary school study before he moved to Safita city at the Syrian coastal area. Having completed his high school study, he was assigned on a scholarship to Egypt to study Trade & Economics.
According to a statement he made during a press interview, Mr.Madoun specified the beginning of his artistic life in 1956 the date when he first started to paint countryside scenes indulging the very primitive taste of his fellow countrymen. Mr.Madoun then developed another skill through plastic drawing using the symbols of nature around. The city of Palmyra, in its capacity as the birth place of Mr.Madoun, had always been the main source of the naturalistic and the artistic taste in the drawings he made. Those genuine arts of Palmyra, which almost lived up to perfection, had been the resourceful inspiration to the artistic experience of Mr.Madoun.
A stage of comprehension 1961-1976
completed his studies at Cairo University, Mr.Madoun was issued his B.Sc.
in Commerce and was then delegated to Japan to study Computer Science.
There was a climax in the sequence of events as Tokyo hosted a private
exhibition of Mr.Madoun in 1967.
arrival in Syria, Mr.Madoun worked in the Statistics Central Office, then
he left to Kuwait to work in an oil company for two years.
stage of artistic maturity and fame
number of positions was occupied by Mr.Madoun in different ministries.
He was first appointed to work in the Cabinet, then he was transferred
to the Ministry of Culture to work as “Director to Fine Arts” and later
as “Manager to Adham Isma’eel Centre for Fine Arts” following a course
in Britain on the principles of teaching children how to draw.
was a teacher to a number of well-known Syrian artists, yet for so many
years no exhibitions were organized in Syria by Mr.Madoun to demonstrate
his own drawings. According to his own viewpoint and statement, Mr.Madoun
believed that the reason behind these long years of
non-exhibition was his own belief that he had not reached at that
time the artistic level that satisfies his conviction that “Art is life
which is art in itself”. That is why not a single drawing was exhibited
for a period of fifteen years.
heritage and the countryside environment of Palmyra are always there in
the drawings of Mr.Madoun who had always been trying to reach out to those
glorious arts that once flourished in the ancient days of prosperity of
Palmyra. To come to this aim, he used “art as means to catch up with passing
away moments of time” which is a sentence used by the late artist Waleed
first exhibition to host the drawings of Mr.Madoun was one organized by
a number of artists in1972. He however began to organize exhibitions of
his own drawings in 1976.
passed away early at the age of 42 in a car accident that for the sudden
stopped the flow of his distinguished style in his artistic career.
of drawings of Mr.Madoun are listed herebelow
1st exhibition was in Damascus in 04.03.1976 at Ornina Gallery.
2nd exhibition was also in Damascus in 21.05.1977 again at
3rd exhibition was in Aleppo in 01.04.1978 at the National
4th exhibition was in Damascus in 20.11.1979 at the French
5th exhibition was at Constanza Museum of Arts in Romania in
6th exhibition was at the Arabic Cultural Centre in Damascus
held in commemoration of Mr.Madoun
exhibition at the Arabic Cultural Centre in Damascus in 26.06.1983.
exhibition at the Arabic Cultural Centre in Homs in 07.07.1984
exhibition at Ashtar Gallery in Damascus in 05.10.1995.
exhibition at the Spanish Cultural Centre in Damascus in 01.03.2001.
exhibition at the Free Hand Gallery in Damascus in 06.03.2007.
of drawings of Mr.Madoun
have been demonstrated in this site. Those interested can obtain, upon
their request, an album of the drawings of Mr.Madoun.