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ABOUT Nawash (1934-1959)

Ahmad Nawash was born in the village of ‘Ayn Karim in the governorate of Jerusalem, Palestine, in 1934. At the age of fourteen, Ahmad experienced the tragedy of the expulsion from Palestine, the Nakba. The boy Ahmad, in his formative years between childhood dependence and the ambitions of adulthood, experienced this loss as an indelible stamp on his life.


After the expulsion, the family traveled first to Jericho where they stayed for a month, then took a bus to Jordan where they wandered from place to place before eventually settling in Amman. After family life became stable in Amman, Ahmad began to study art informally with an Italian painter named Armando. His admiration for his teacher instilled in him the idea of studying art in Rome.​

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ABOUT Nawash (1959-1975)

At the age of seventeen, he combined his savings and a modest gift from his father and set out for Italy. Ahmad Nawash arrived in Rome without previously having been admitted to any school. He immediately took the entry exam for the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, succeeded, began five years of study, and graduated in 1964 with honors. Nawash's first experience exhibiting his work was in the streets of Rome, in Via Margutta, where many students and professionals sat with their works receiving the general public’s reactions. He also exhibited his work in a cafe near Piazza del Popolo.

Nawash's hunger for learning was extensive, and over the following two decades, he received three more diplomas in etching, lithography, ceramics and restoration from the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux, the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, and a short course in Florence. His stay in Paris lasted for five years from 1970 to 1975, and by the end he spoke both Italian and French fluently.

Phase II

ABOUT Nawash (1976-2017)

In 1978, Nawash held a solo exhibition at the famous Salle Des Pas Perdus, Paris and led many more in Amman, Baghdad, and Damascus. Nawash also participated in a large number of group exhibitions in Jordan and abroad. 

During the mid-1990s, tired of life in Amman, he went to Paris and began serious efforts to move his family to France. But sadly, his son Mousa’s sudden death led him immediately to return home to Amman where he remained for most of his days. On the 18th May, 2017 Nawash passed away at the age of eighty-three, almost a year after the death of his wife, Jihad Al-Zaqa'a. 

Phase III

1964: Received a BA with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, Italy


1970: Received a Diploma in lithography and zinc etching from the School of Fine Arts, Bordeaux, France


1975-1977: Studied lithography and zinc etching at the National School of Fine Arts, Paris, France


1980: Studied zinc etching and the restoration of oil paintings and ceramics for three months, Florence Italy


1981: Gold Shield and Appreciation Certificate, The Association of Arab Artists


1981: Gold Medal and Appreciation Certificate, Kuwait Biennale


1990: State Recognition Prize, Jordan


1993: Appreciation Certificate, International Biennial of Prints and Drawing, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


Instructor of Art & Drawing at the Department of Architecture, University of Jordan

Instructor of Drawing, History of Art and Aesthetics of Paintings, University of Jordan

Instructor of Drawing and Art Education, Yarmouk University


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