Born in Al-Hasaka, Syria in 1951, Omar Hamdi worked as a graphic artist for the Syrian press where he cultivated his visual language. Hamdi’s paintings are diverse in subject matter, ranging from figurative paintings rooted in Orientalism, to abstracted canvases that feature elements from the natural world and geometric segments. Hamdi’s work is characterized by the confident use of color, allowing the negative space of the canvas to serve as an integral compositional device.
Hamdi’s work is housed in public and private international institutions, including the National Museum in Aleppo, the Austrian Central Bank in Vienna, Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, and many more. Hamdi is a member of the General Federation of Austrian Artists, and his works have been exhibited in galleries across the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.