Born in Damascus in 1964, Bassem Dahdouh studied in Adham Ismail Art Centre, and graduated from the Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University; in 1986. He got his PhD from Hilwan University in Egypt in 1999. Currently, he is the dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, International Arab University in Syria. He won two awards, and held solo exhibitions in Damascus, Beirut, Alexandria, Tunis, and Kuwait. He also participated in group events in Damascus, Aleppo, Istanbul, Tehran, Canada, Bulgaria, Geneva, and Cairo. At first, Dahdouh followed the traditions of realism in depicting his subjects, but in his more recent work, he shifted focus towards composition. Most of his work is depictions of portraits and the human body.