Mohanna Durra

Mohanna Durra is recognized as the most influential artist of modern art in Jordan. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 1958 and had both diplomatic and academic careers spanning over forty years. Most notably, he has held the positions of President of the Association of Fine Arts, Jordan in 2005; Director, General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, Tunis and Cairo in 1988 and 1989; Ambassador of the League of Arab States to Rome, 1981-88; Director for Cultural Affairs, League of Arab States, 1980-81; Guest Professor, the Salzburg Seminar for American Studies, 1978; Press Attaché, Jordanian Embassy, Rome, 1960-64; and Instructor, History of Art, Teachers’ Training College, Amman, 1959-60. Durra established the Jordan Institute of Fine Arts, serving as its first Director in 1970, and established the Fine Arts Section at the Department of Culture and Art, Amman, in 1964.
Durra has held solo exhibitions in the 1988 Venice Biennial, Italy; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valetta, Malta; the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts; the Austrian Parliament Central Hall, Vienna; and throughout many other Arab and European capitals. Durra’s work is represented in various national and international collections. He holds several prestigious awards: he was decorated Knight of the Holy Order of San Silvestro by Pope Paul vi; he was awarded the Al-Kawkab Medal by the late King Hussein of Jordan; and he won several other state prizes of appreciation for his work. He was recently awarded the Al-Hussein Medal for Distinguished Performance of the First Order by King Abdullah ii.
Mohanna Durra lives and works in Amman.

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