The Kurdish painter Umer Malva
“A Kurdish man from muddy villages to the world of nature of beautiful plains, mountains covered with olive trees, a moment of lying under the shadow of the olive trees of Efrin”. This is what I said in 1992 while I was in Efrin and people were talking about this Kurdish artist who would pay visits to the villages and plains to paint the pictures of mountains, sun and flowers to which his interest never ends.
The Kurdish painter, Umer Malva was born in 1951 in Tel Ezafir village in Rojawa, a small village made of mud in Syria. Malva’s school of art was originated from a special world of painting which is a colorful realism. Malva’s canvases are faces of nature in Syrian Kurdistan which are always showcased in art galleries and exhibitions and he’s the most popular artist across Syria. He’s always known as Malva.
Using the water, oil and acrylic colors are the tools by which the artist has produced great works and still going on. The mountains, the flowers such as jasmine, carnation, daisies and others have special artistic taste to Malva. He’s taken a special interest in them. He is much influenced by the works of world’s artists, especially expressive landscapes. Malva also has painted many realistic and expressionistic works and has been able to fill the art galleries with them, but most importantly, he says, “I’m an originally Kurd from Kurdistan Rojava.”
One of the drawings of Efrin’s nature in Kurdistan of Syria