°1986, born in Damascus, lives and works in Brussels
Abdalla Omari is a Syrian painter and filmmaker, born in Damascus in 1986. He graduated from both the Damascus University with a degree in English Literature and the Adham Ismail Institute for Visual Arts in 2009. During his studies Omari made and collaborated in many animation films, film series and video arts including “The Eleventh Commandment”, a film directed by Syrian filmmaker, Mwafaq Katt. He also participated in the 2010 Damascus International Cinema Festival.
Omari has been recently granted a refugee status in Belgium, and he now lives and works in Brussels.
‘Angela’, 2016, oil and acrylics on canvas, 200 x 150 cm:
A shabby portrait presents the German Chancellor with a headscarf amidst a group of roosters. The painting is from the project ‘Vulnerability Series’, a series of large canvases presenting famous political figures as common people. Omari started this project in 2014, depicting the world political figures in very vulnerable states, breaking their image of ultimate power. All these works have a profound beauty through their painterly application and realistic portrayal.