ABDALLA OMARI 1986
Syrian Painter and Film Maker
Syrian painter, performing artist and filmmaker Abdalla Al Omari was born in Damascus in 1986. In 2009, Al Omari simultaneously graduated from the Damascus University with a degree in English Literature and the Adham Ismail Institute for Visual Arts.
Omari started his career as a full-time artist represented by Kamel Gallery in Damascus 2012, where he collaborated in a workshop at the gallery with Syrian pioneering artists Ghassan Sibai and Fouad Dahdouh.
.Abdalla Omari’s paintings were featured with Ayyam Gallery since early 2012 at The Young Collector’s Auction where his captivating portrait garnered much attention and sold over estimate.
Later at Jusoor Fundraising auctions in 2015-2016, auctioned by Christies auction House, in LA, and Berlin, his works were sold over estimate.
Al Omari was recently granted asylum in Belgium and he currently lives and works in Brussels, where he started his project " The Vulnerability Series", depicting the world political figures in very vulnerable states, breaking their image of ultimate power.
"Fraught with emotion, Omari’s oil on canvas compositions tackle complex psychological states, yet retain a profound beauty through their painterly application and realistic portrayal."
Since his graduation, Omari’s work has been featured in exhibitions, auctions and festivals in: Syria, Lebanon, UAE, Georgia, France, UK , USA, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and others.
His works are aquired by art institutions like : Barjeel Art Foundation UAE, Ayyam Gallery UAE, Kamel Gallery Damascus, the ministry of culture, Syria, and in private collections around the world.
2013 November, Charms Of War at The National Parliamentary Library,Tbilisi, Georgia.
2017 Brajeel art collection in Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
2017 Strombeek Cultural Center, Belgium
2016 Jusoor Art Auction, Held by Christies Auction House, Berlin, Germany
2015 A Moving Identity, Cambridge, UK
2015, Jusoor Art Auction, in the support of Syrian students, Los Angeles, USA
2014, 1001 Cartes Pour Les Enfants De Syrie, La Maison Des Assocations, Paris, France
2014, The Last Supper Exhibition, Kozah Art Gallery, Solidere, Beirut, Lebanon
2013, The First Mtskheta International Art Festival (Crossings), Mtskheta, Georgia
2013, Ayyam Young Collectors auctions 15th and 16th, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2012. Shattered Beauty, 8 Gallery, London, UK
2012, Ayyam Young Collectors auctions 13th and 14th, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2012, Kamel Gallery Open Workshop – with two Syrian artist: Fouad Dahdouh and Ghassan Sibai, Kamel Gallery, Damascus, Syria
2011, Mouth Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2010, Graduation Project Exhibition, Adham Ismael Institute, Damascus, Syria
2011-2010-2009, Youth Annual Exhibition, Damascus, Syria
2011, 3rd Prize in Shaghaf Young Artists Contest, Kamel Gallery, Damascus, Syria
2013 I’m alive
2012 Extremly Happy About War
Liberte video art has been made by Abdalla Omari in the beginning of the Syrian revolution 2011, but with a pseudo name : Philip Horani, and it was shown in many festivals in Europe:
Le Jasmin l’emportera” Festival, Paris, France- 2011,”Premiere Show”
European Media Art Festival – Osnabruck, Germany- 2012
The 7th Berlin Biennale- Germany- 2012
Syrian Anonymous Exhibition – Nottingham-UK- 2012
Waiting in the Margins, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, 2014-2015
- Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE.
- Ayyam Gallery (UAE, Beirut, Damascus, London, KSA).
- The Samawi Collection.
- Kamel Gallery, Damascus.
- Syrian Ministry of Culture, Damascus.
- Private collections around the world.