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The Artists Story

The Path to Today

Gentian Lulani was born in Shkoder, Albania in 1972. He grew up surrounded by the paintings of his uncle who is one of the most celebrated artists in Albania, the great master Ismail Lulani. The paintings, sketches, studies, and books around him, encouraged Gentian to start drawing and painting at only 10 years old.

At the age of 18 he went on to study Art in Rome. The 10 years he spent in Rome after his studies were thoroughly dedicated to the art of painting and to the intensive study of masterpieces from the Renaissance old masters. 

As well as his school studies, Gentian took private lessons with old masters in Rome and Florence.


After his move to Ireland in 2000, Gentian completed an Honours Degree in Art and Art History and an MA in Fine Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork.


After his studies, Gentian opened a studio and gallery on the grounds of Ballymaloe House in County Cork where he works to the present day.

His work has been exhibited successfully in solo and collective exhibitions throughout Ireland and mainland Europe.


In 2006, he was accepted by the BP Awards of the National Portrait Gallery in London.



Shkolla e Mesme Artistike “Prenke Jakova”




Academia delle Belle Arte di Roma




BA Fine Art 

Crawford College of Art & Design




MA in Fine Art

Crawford College of Art & Design



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