The Kur­dish painter Umer Malva

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Ashti Garmiyani

“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

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