Art Brokerage: Omar Malva Syrian Artist: b. 1951. Omar Malva, was born in 1951 in Tel Nail, a small village of mud cottages in the most northern part of Syria. Malva's childhood was not one of joy and freedom that many of us remember. Instead, it was packed with the hardships and pressures of helping to support his family. "I was born to be a painter," Malva says. " My background worked against me, but it only made me stronger. The life of an artist is difficult, but there is no reason to give up." Malva is one of the foremost contemporary impressionists in the world. His bold use of color and brush create panoramas of movement and expression that are both inviting and dramatic. Even the flowers in his still-lifes seem to have a life of their own. Listings wanted.