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Lived/Active: Syrian Arab Republic/Austria      Known for: Impressionist painting

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Untitled, 1975
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Omar "Malva" Hamdi is a Syrian Kurdish artist.  Born in 1951 in AI-Hasaka, Syria, he worked as a graphic artist for the Syrian Press, where he also wrote articles an Artistic Criticism.  He settled in Vienna since 1978 and now holds the Austrian Nationality, a member of the General Federation of Austrian Artists and the UNESCO, and a member of the Künstlerhaus - Wien. 

Many of his works have been printed in postcards and posters by several publishing houses and are being distributed in numerous countries worldwide.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1976-1977 - People's Art Hall at Damascus, National Museum of Aleppo.
1987 -Vienna, Palffy Palace "Art Salon"
1989 - Vienna, Austrian Central Bank; Art Gallery Chicago; Lyzon Art Gallery Tennessee, Nashville; Gallery Kral, San Francisco; Gallery Arnot, New York; Gallery Ambassador, New York.
1990 - Gallery L'Atelier, Vienna; Gallery Celeste, Vienna; Art House, Göttingen, Germany.
1991 - Gallery Frankenstein, Berlin.
1992 - Wally Findlay Galleries, New York and Paris.
1993 - Gallery Art Forum, International Contemporary Art, Vienna; AI-Sayed Art Gallery/Assad Library, Damascus.
1994-1998 - Wally Findlay Galleries, New York, Chicago, Palm Beach, Florida.
2000 - Green Art Gallery - Dubai.
2000 - Wally Findlay Gallery - Palm Beach. 2002 - Rochan Gallery - Jeddah.

Selected International and Group Exhibitions:
1980-1992 - Exhibitions of the General Federation of Austrian Artists, in Austria and abroad.
1985 - World Exhibition of the United Nations Office, Vienna.
1989 - Art Festival Messepalast, Vienna; The First Arab Art Festival; Art House, Göttingen, Germany.
1985-1993 - The Annual World Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany.
1989 - International Fair of Contemporary Arts (Madrid Arco 89), Spain.
1990 - International Fair of Contemporary Arts (Milano EXPO 90), Italy.
1991 - Art Jonction International, Nice, France.
1992 - Bolognafiere (Contemporary Art Festival), Bologna, Italy; Auro Art, Verona; Künstlerhaus, Graz; EXPO Sevilla, Spain; Friendship and Peace Festival, Latakia, Syria.
1993 - International Fair of Contemporary Art (Budapest Art Expo 93). *1993 - Gallery Breitenbach, Una, Germany.
1994-1997 - International Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany; Second International Festival of Sharjah.
1999 - Informelle Tendenzen im "Künstlerhaus", Vienna.
2001 - Cairo, Biennale.
2001 - Artuell, Beirut / Atassi Gallery Damas 2002.
2002 - History Museum Vienna - Rathaus / New York Art Fair.
2003 - National Museum Cracow, Poland.
2003-Tehran Museum of Modern Arts
2004 Art NY - USA

Books and articles on his works:
"Malva" Omar Hamdi, Life and Color, in Arabic, Damascus, 1976.
"Malva" Omar Hamdi,
Life and Work, in German, Vienna 1987, by Dr. S. Kaiser.
Malva, A Critical Study, in English and German by Nikolai Meikofski, published in 1991 by the Art Gallery, New York.
Impressionist Works, in English, published by Gallery Arnot, New York, 1991; in German by Gallery L'Atelier, A Critical and Analytical Study by Andre Manzano.
Malva, Omar Hamdi, 20 years of Oil Painting, Art Forum, Vienna, 1994.
Bachar - Malva, Atlas Production, 1992, in French and English, for the Bolognafiere, Italy. - Dictionary of World Artistic Criticism, 1999 in English, Flash Art Publishing.
International Directory of Arts, Galleries and Museums, 1991-1992, in German, Art Address, Frankfurt.
Several wall annual Calendars and exhibition-catalogues.
A Volume of 12 Paintings, published by the International Aid Organization in Venice, Italy, Comune di Padova, Progetto Giovanni, 1992.


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Omar Hamdi (Malva) was born in Al-Hasaka, Syria.   He paints with the passion of a natural talent, purely from the soul.  Malva has an almost fearless approach to the use of color, inserting any color any place on a painting for the purpose of pronouncing his feelings.   His work has been featured throughout Europe, the Mid-East, and America.

His work has been shown at many prestigious galleries including, Palais Palffy and Galerie L’Atelier in Wien, Lyzon Art Gallery in Nashville, TN, Galerie Wally Findlay in New York and Chicago, the EXPO 90 in Milano, Euro Art in Verona, and the Budapest Art Expo.  His vigorous, powerful style has led impressionism into modern times.

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