1934: He was born
in Aleppo on Sunday 21st January (5th Shawal 1352
1945: He began his
career in painting.
1952: The first exhibition
his painting were at Al-Tajhis Al-Oula School at
Aleppo (Al-Mamoun. High School).
1954: He got his
High school certificate, and enrolled with the Faculty
of Law/Syrian University (University of Damascus).
1955: He participated
in a Fair which was sponsored by the university.
He won his 2nd prize .
1956: He passed the
contest arranged by Ministry of Education, and then
he was delegated Italy to study Painting at the
Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
1958: His creative
capacity exploded while he was studying Arts in
Rome, and began to participate in art fairs and
He was granted the first award in Sicilia Contest
sponsored by the Italian- Arabic Relations in Rome.
1959: He was granted
He was granted many awards, one of which was the
Golden Medal For Foreigners at Ravenna Contest.
He made his own personal first Fair at La Fonta
Nella Hall. While continuing his academic studies,
he moved on from painting Decorating.
1960: With his colleague
Fateh- Al Mudaress, they represented Syria at the
Binalah Fair in Venice - Italy .
He made his 2nd Fair at the Fair Hall in Rome.
He was granted 3rd prize in the Gobio city contest
in which 21 states contributed.
He was granted 2nd prize in Alatrei Contest.
October 17: 2nd exhibition at the Art Gallery in
His Golden Days
1961: He graduated
from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome- Dept. of
Decoration. He started his career as an arts teacher
at Damascus state schools.
He made his 3rd appearance at the International
Modern Art Hall exhibition in Damascus, where he
presented 28 oil paintings on canvas and 30 sketches.
These paintings unexceptionally attracted the attention
of artists, writers and the public.
1962: He moved on
from teaching at the state Schools to teach painting
and decoration with the Higher Institute of Fine
Arts (later on known as Faculty of Fine Arts).
April 5 : He made his 4th Fair appearance at the
International Modern Art Hall in Damascus.
1964: October 3,
: He made his 5th appearance at Cairola Hall in
1965: March 18, :
He made his 6th appearance at Alkarbinieh Hall In
in very elegant creation he painted his painting
(THEN WHAT?) ( × cm) in which he expressed the tragedy
of the Palestinian Arab Refugees.
During his golden period, he had painted many portraits.
His Psychologic Crisis
1966: During this
year symptoms of a psychological crises began to
show. He started to paint many gruesome charcoal
paintings representing the torture and struggle
1967:On April 24th
Louay made his 7th appearance at the Damascus Arab
Cultural Center, in the name of "For the Sake of
Cause" in which he exhibited 30 gaudy charcoal paintings.
This exhibition moved among many Syrian Cities.
As a result of this exhibition, he was attacked
by offensive criticism by a group of artists and
At the end of this exhibition he destroyed all his
paintings, but one which was a study of a man in
As a result he quit paintings.
1968: His psychological
crisis became serious and aggravated, he left teaching
and stayed isolated in his house in Damascus before
he departed for Aleppo.
1969: January: Relatives
accompanied him to Beirut for medical treatment
by the Syrian doctor, the professor at the American
University Dr. Alaaeddin Al-Droubi; he in order
to restore his psychological health.
At the beginning of 1969/1970; He began to teach
at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus but his
health began to deteriorate once more.
1970: : January 10:
His father died in Aleppo.
January 28: I accompanied him from Damascus to Beirut
to be treated by his own doctor.
He came back to painting at his place of birth.
1971: February 26:
He was given a Pension for healthy reasons, and
was given a monthly pension of 142.50 Syrian Pounds.
He began to participate in the exhibition made by
Association of Fine Arts (which was recently established).
In April: He presented a gift «two paintings to
the People's Council» and two paintings to the General
Federation of Women.
1972: His psychological
state returned. On June 16th he demanded that I
destroy the painting of a man in a battle-field.
Having regained some of his health and strength,
he claimed that he has gone back to painting continuously
On September 25th he expressed his doubt in his
ability to paint portraits.
November: He made his 8th appearance at the house
of his doctor Dr. Alaa Aldeen Aldroubi in Beirut.
Golden Days Come back Again
1973: For the first
time, he was the sole owner of a humble home in
Aleppo, which he bought from his success in paintings,
in addition to a loan he got from the Real-Estate
1974: June 11: He
made his 9th Fair at the People's Hall for Fine Arts in Damascus. A symposium about this fair has
exhibition been arranged in the Hall of Fine Arts
. His colleague Mr.Mamdouh Kashlan, President of
Association of Fine Arts, a wrote a book addressed:
1975: March 4: He
made his 10th appearance at Gallery one in Beirut.
1976: January: The
«Al-Aalam Al-Arab» Magazine in Canada Contributed
by participating (42) paintings of Louai Kayali
and Fateh Al-Mudarres (owned by owner of magazine
who was a Syrian emigrant during the Two Weeks of
the Arab Culture arranged and sponsored by «OBLEF
ORG.» in Montreal.
In Spring, he painted a painting / From the Inspiration
of Arwad / which he presented as a gift to the National
Museum Of Damascus: (400×125cm).
April 22: He exhibited with his colleague Fateh
Al-Mudarres an exhibition at the Hall of the National
Museum of Aleppo sponsored by Ass. of Fine Arts.
June 1st: He made his 11th appearance at the people's
Hall Of Fine Arts at Damascus in which he presented
(45) paintings (which were all sold before opening
the exhibition ).
The Relapse and burning
1977: In Spring:
He painted his paintings (From the countryside)
as a favor to the National Museum of Aleppo (300×180cm).
May 7: He left for the Jordanian capital carrying
his painting to be the exhibited at Aliyah Gallery,
but the exhibition was cancelled due to certain
mistakes. This event had a great influence upon
June 1st: He made his 12th appearance at the People's
Hall of Fine Arts under the auspices of Ministry
He was exposed to attacks of artists and writers
He decided to immigrate to Italy, so he sold his
house and everything he owned and left the country
in December dreaming that he would practice in Rome
in a better atmosphere.
1978: February: He
came back to Aleppo disappointed.
He lived in solitude and became addicted to tranquillizers
and drugs as if he was committing suicide gradually
at the sight of his acquaintances.
The night of 9-10 September: He burned in his bed.
He was taken by plane (Helicopter) from Aleppo University
Hospital to the Military Hospital at Harasts town
(North to Damascus).
Tuesday, December 26th: He died at Harasta Hospital;
and the next day was buried at «Al-Saliheen Cemetery»
1979: February 20:
an Eulogy ceremony had been arranged at the National
House of Books at Aleppo, made by the Association of Fine Arts with the cooperation of the Ministry
In the evening of same day, an exhibition of his
works had been opened at the Hall of the National
Museum of Aleppo.
On the 5th anniversary of his death, an exhibition
for his works had been made by Eibla Hall with the
cooperation of the Ministry of Culture.
1984: On the 5th
Anniversary of his death, «Al-Hayat Al-Tashkilieh»
magazine (a seasonal magazine issued by Ministry
of Culture) prepared a special file about him which
was published in issue no . 15-April/1984.
1989: February: An
exhibition for his works had been made in the memory
of his 10th anniversary to his death titled: ( Louay
is always in mind) under the auspices of Umayad
House for Letters and Arts at Aleppo and Ministry
March 6, A symposium in Aleppo about his art arranged
by branch of Ass. of Fine arts and Umayad House
for Letters and Arts in the Cultural Center.
May: Dr. Sabah Kabbani, in cooperation with Syrian
Arab T.V. prepared a T.V. program on «Arab Visions»
which included an analytical study of the tableau
«From the inspiration of Award» (owned by the National
Museum Of Damascus).
1994: April 2: An
exhibition for his works in the memory of his 15th
anniversary of his death to be made at Al-Sayed
Hall at Damascus city under the auspices of Minister
of Culture, Dr. Najah Al-Attar.
April: a Symposium about his Art in Al Sayed Hall.
By Mr. Fadel El Sibai
Member of the United Arab Writers