Fateh Moudarres studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome between 1954 and 1960. He continued his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris between 1969 and 1972. Upon returning to Syria, he was lecturer and Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts until 1993. He was internationally renowned as the pioneer of Modernism in Syria. He created a unique style influenced by primitive and ancient Syrian arts and Christian iconography. Moudarres has also written several collections of poetry and short stories. He participated in numerous shows including the Venice Biennial, 1961, the Sao Paulo Biennale, 1963 (Medal of Honour) and 1975, New York International Art Fair, 1964, Contemporary Arab Art Exhibition, Grand Palais, Paris, 1980, the Seoul Biennial, 1986, the Cairo Biennial, 1994 and a retrospective of his work was held at the L'Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris in 1995.