Odhise Paskali is considered one the most outstanding artists in Albania. He received his Diploma Di Laurea in Philosophical Studies from the University of Turin, Italy.
After his graduation, he stayed in Turin for another year to study sculpture with Ruffino.
Upon his return to Tirana, Paskali became one the founders of Albanian Sculpture.
He became very involved in many art-related organizations and dedicated his life to the development of art in Albania.
Paskali has been awarded very prestigious titles for his artistic work. His monumental sculptures are placed on main squares of major cities in Albania. Photographs of his work are used on the Albanian passport, currency, stamps, postcards and other governmental publications.
Paskali was a sculptor, poet, essayist, translator, publisher and academician.
He spoke Latin, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Italian, French, German and English.
Odhise Paskali laid the foundations of monumental sculpture in Albania.


Creative years: 62

 Sculpture: 523 works

Essays: 810


December 22, 1903 Born in Kozani, Northern Greece.
1906 His family settled in Përmet, Albania.
1918 Finished the Greek Elementary School in Përmet.
July, 1921 Finished the "V Alfieri" High School at Torino, Italy.
July, 1923 Finished the Classical Lycée in Asti, Italy.
1926 From February to August he took sculpture lessons in Edouardo Rubini’s atelier
in Torino.

December 15, 1927 Diploma di Laurea in Lettere, with 100 out of 110, in the Faculty of Letters
at the Regia Università di Torino.


Editor of the cultural periodical Studenti Shqiptar (Albanian Student)
published in Torino.

April, 1931

Founded the art society “Miqte e Artit” (Friends of Art) in Tirana, Albania.

May 21, 1931

Organized in Tirana the first National Exhibition of Fine Arts to be held in Albania.


Member of the Committee for the Drama Contest founded by the “Friends of Art”.


Settled in Tirana.

March, 1934

Together with Stephán Sioudi and Ismet Toto, he started the weekly cultural magazine Ilyria.

October 1934

Director of the School of Drawing in Tirana until 1934,
when it closed (First School of Fine Arts in Albania).


Member of the Governmental Committee for the organization
of the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Albanian Independence.


In the international competition for the statue of Skanderbeg
(Albania’s national hero) organized by the Albanian government at Tirana
he came sixth out of the forty contestants.

September 1947

Professor of the fine arts Lycée at Tirana until 1953.


Member of the Cultural Delegation which visited the USSR.


Director of the National Gallery of Fine Arts at Tirana.

November 1961

Awarded the title “Sculptor of the People”.


Approved as a “Freelance Professional” with a steady, substantial salary.


Member of the cultural delegation of the Union of Albanian Writers
and Artists who visited China.

November 1965

Awarded the Democracy Prize First Class.

December 1965

Member of the International Committee of the Alexandria Biennale, Egypt.


The Albanian State offered him an honorary newly built private studio in Tirana.


The Bank of Albania issued a 1 lek coin depicting his sculpture
“The Victorious Partisan” (1968).

April 1970

Awarded the “Democracy Prize” First Class for a second time.

November 1970

Decorated with the order of “Naim Frashëri” First Class.

December 1973

An official ceremony was organized at Tirana to honor his 70th birthday.


Catalogue published in Tirana with photographs of 23 of his works
(the first time for an Albanian sculptor).


Awarded the “Kemal Ataturk” medal by the Turkish government.


Decorated with the order of the “Red Flag of Labour” First Cass.

May 1984

Elected member of the Academy of Sciences of Albania.

August 1985

Elected member of the Euro-African Academy based in Rome.

September 13, 1985

Died in Tirana. The President of the Republic was present at the official burial.

January 1986

An annual “Odhise Paskali” prize for sculpture and painting established by governmental decree.


His book "Traces of Life" published in Tirana with biographical reminiscences and some 130 photographs of his sculptures.


The Bank of Albania issued a 100 lek banknote depicting his sculpture
“The National Fighter” (1932).


The Bank of Albania issued a 500 lek banknote with the artist’s portrait of
Naïm Frashëri (Albania’s national poet).


The Bank of Albania issued a 1000 lek banknote with artist’s portrait of
George Kastrioti Skanderbeg (1939).


The Bank of Albania issued Bono Privatizimi 15000,20000 and 40000 lekë
with artist 's portrait of Scanderbeg (1939).


The new passports of Albanian citizens have stamped the artist `s portrait of Scanderbeg (1939).


November,It is placed in Geneva (Switzerland) the bronze bust of Scanderbeg (1939), near the lake of Geneva. The current President of Albania participated in the inauguration ceremony.


The Albanian Post Office publishes a stamp with Paskali's portrait on the 100th anniversary of his birthday.


The main boulevard in the town of Permet  is named "Boulevard Odhise Paskali"


There is a memorial on Paskali's 20th death anniversary. Paskali's daughter publishes the book "For Paskali, From Paskali"


" Cultural Foundation Paskali" was founded in Tirana by his daughter.


In the town of Vlora, a street is named "Street Odhise Paskali".


In the town of Prizren (Kosovo), a street is named "Street Odhise Paskali".

Jan. 17 - April 17 2009


The "Rebirth of Paskali" exhibit opens in the National Historical Museum of Tirana with 25 sculptural pieces of Paskali. The exhibit was organized from his daughter on the 105th anniversary of Paskali's birth. During this exhibit, the book "My Soul Revived" (810 philosophical essays created from 1922 to 1985) was introduced for the first time to the public.


The Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports, declares the year 2009 in Fine Arts as
 " Odhise Paskali Year"