Ibrahim Kodra Albanian renowned painter

Ibrahim Kodra was an Albanian painter. Kodra was born in Ishmi in 1918, Albania. Ibrahim took art classes from Odhise Paskali during 1929, focusing on sport as well. Kodra practiced discus and hammer throw, without pretending any professional career in sport, since those disciplines were not even present in Albania at that time. While taking drawing classes, one of his drawings would come into the focus of Queen Geraldine.

In 1938, he went to Italy to study fine arts supported by a scholarship  from the Albanian Kingdom, and there he won a second scholarship from the Italian government as an emerging talent and went to study in Milan  in the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera.

In 1944 he opened his first workshop in Milan. In 1948 he opened a personal and group exhibition in the “Art Club” in Rome, where he met Pablo Picasso. In 1950 he painted frescos in the most important museums and buildings of Milan. Kodra then opened an exhibition with Picasso,Henry Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Georges Rouault, Dufy and others.

He opened many other personal exhibitions all around the world including:

  • Collective exhibition in “Paradise” with Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Matta, Ernst, Carlo Levi, Braque etc.
  • Collective exhibition in “Mostra del disegno e dell’incisione contemporanea” in 194 in Milan, with Emilio Vedova, Renato Guttuso, Giacomo manzu, Cassinari, Morlotti etc.
  • Collective exhibition in “Mostra del disegno italiano contemporaneo” in Chiavari 1954, with Pablo Picasso, Modigliani, Rouault and Dufy
  • Collective exhibition in the Stone Gallery in Newcastle and Corneille, Gear, Michaux, Millares etc.
  • Numerous collectives in Milan, the Stone Gallery in Newcastle, “Senator” in Stuttgart  and also in the “New Art Center” in Zurich.
  • Personal exhibition in Modern Art Gallery in Pristina.
  • Personal exhibition in in New York and personal exhibition the “2D Gallery” in Sassari.

His works are in the Museum of Vatican, in the Chamber of Deputies (House of Representatives) of the Italian Parliament in Rome, in exclusive private collections all around the world. In 1996 he was awarded the ”Honor of the Nation” in Albania.


He passed away in Milan in 2006. Kodra was buried in front of Ishmi Castle. His house in Milan is converted into a museum, with the initiative of Fatos Fasliu, president of “Ibrahim Kodra Foundation” in Milan. In February 2010, a museum dedicated to his work was opened in Lugano.