Ibrahim Kodra was born in Ishëm on April 22, 1918, and died on February 7, 2006 in Milan. He lived there for 30 years. His life in Tirana in the dormitory of the school "NaimFrashëri", was interrupted when he was 20 years old, respectively in 1938. He left Albania with a scholarship awarded from the royal court to the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
He leaves Rome and ends up in Milan, at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. Then this talent exploded, a talent which would fly up the ladder of representation in the great world of art and painting. He opened exhibitions in Rome, Milan, Venice, Paris, Belgrade, New York. He managed to create relationships with great painters such as Picasso, Matisse, Fontana, Guttuso.
He had many other personal expos all around the world including:
-Collective exposition in "Paradise" with Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Matta, Ernst, Carlo Levi, Braque, etc.
-Collective exposition in "Mostra del disegno e dell'incisionecontemporanea" in 1943 in Milan, with Emilio Vedova, Renato Guttuso, GiacomoManzù, Cassinari, Morlotti, etc.
-Collective exposition in "Mostra del disegnoitalianocontemporaneo" in Chiavari 1954, with Pablo Picasso, Modigliani, Rouault and Dufy
-Collective exposition in Milan (Galleria Montenapoleone, 1954), with Joan Miró, Birolli, Delaunay, Ernst, Kokoschka, Léger and Severini
-Collective expo in the Stone Gallery in Newcastle with Corneille, Gear, Gleghorn, 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 expo in Modern Art Gallery in Pristina.
Personal expo in Princess Hall in New York and personal expo the "2D Gallery" in Sassari.
Kodra’s works are housed in the Museum of the Vatican, in the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament, in the Kosova National Art Gallery of Pristina, in the collection of art of the City of Milan, in the Art Gallery of the basilica sanctuary di Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae and of Santa Maria di Leuca.