Michael Kurcheh was born in Damascus in 1900, and died in 1973. One of the most important icons of the early Syrian art movement, he graduated from the école nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1924, and studied in the Estane Printing School. Kurcheh taught art in Damascus high schools until his retirement. He won many local, Arab, and international awards; and was awarded the National Syrian Garter in 1933, the Culture Garter of the Syrian Region under the United Arab Republic in 1960. He held a solo exhibition in Paris, and participated in a group event on art and stamp design. His work focused on nature, silent nature, Damascus neighbourhoods, and portraits. In his work, he combined elements of impressionism and realism.