Adham Ismail was born in Antakya in 1922, and died in 1963. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Rome in 1956, after winning a scholarship from the Italian government to study arts and decoration. Ismail taught art in high schools in Damascus and Aleppo, as well as the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University. He served as an art advisor in the Ministry of Culture under the United Arab Republic. During the course of his work, Ismail experimented with several styles and traditions. His body of work of depicting the human body, silent nature, and daily scenes; however; gave him a prominent place among the artists of the Cubism tradition. His work was shown in many group exhibitions during his life, as well as after his death. A significant part of his work is maintained in the National Museum in Damascus. A specialised art-teaching centre was named after him.