Biography

Louay Kayyali was born in Aleppo in 1934, and died in 1978. His interest in drawing and painting started in his early years; he held his first exhibition in 1952. He dropped out of studying law, and went to Italy to study painting in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, winning several awards afterwards. He held many solo exhibitions in Rome, Milan, Damascus, and Beirut. Kayyali is regraded one of the most influential Syrian artists. In his work, he addressed social issues and national causes. He also depicted scenes from daily life of peddlers and the countryside. His work was characterised by simplicity in colour and shape, working with oil colours on wood, or pencil on paper.