Biography

Also known as “Malva”, Omar Hamdi was born in Hasaka in 1951, and died in Austria in 2015. He studied and taught art and worked in designing textbooks. He settled down in Austria, where he presided over the jury in a gallery in Vienna. He also published several books on art criticism. He held several solo exhibitions in Beirut, Erbil, Jeddah, Florida, Dubai, Vienna, New York, Paris, and Burley. He also participated in group exhibitions in New York, Tehran, Poland, Vienna, Cairo, and many other European and Arab cities. Omar Hamdi followed the expressionist tradition, as he adopted its principles in all his canvas that depicted human face and body, but the features were altered to contribute to the symbolism of colour relations in reflecting the expressive situation.