Born in 1951 in Al-Hasaka, Syria, Omar worked as a graphic artist for the Syrian Press, where he also wrote artistic criticism articles. He moved to Vienna in 1978 and now holds Austrian nationality.
Omar is a member of the General Federation of Austrian Artists, UNESCO and the Kinstlerhaus-Wien. His works of art are exhibited in several art galleries, including Wally Findley Galleries in New York, which acts as a representative of his work.
paintings are acquired by art collectors and dealers, art galleries and
exhibitions, museums, banks and Ministries of Culture in America,
Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Japan, Sri Lanka,
Russia and elsewhere.
Many of his works have been printed on
postcards and posters by several publishing houses and are being
distributed in numerous countries worldwide. His life is devoted to
full-time artistic work.
Sawsan Abdin Kosi
Dr. Sawsan Abdin
Kosi wasn’t the sort of woman who actively sought credit. Rather she
was content seeing her work – her hard work – speak for itself.
mention her name and you immediately envision her remarkable career
dancing to life. This single-minded woman built the Southern California
chapter of SAWA "brick by brick, through dedication and pure grit," as
many said in their heartfelt prayers last year at her memorial service.
deafness is not cured; not even close. Yes, every day some 20 percent
of the world’s people must cope a hearing problem. However, the world
the SAWA children face is phenomenally different from what
others in the same position face. These children’s families barely have
enough money to put food on the table, much less take their child to a
hearing specialist. This situation drove Sawsan to make a difference.
passion required courage. And courage follows the birth and development
of a regional movement to defeat deafness. SAWA of Southern California
was established after assiduous personal lobbying by Sawsan. She never
had to wonder if her countless hours on the phones, active fundraising
or negotiations with the top hospitals, doctors and medical technology
was making a difference in the world. The children would be all the
reward she needed. Seeing a parents' faces as their child heard his/her
own name for the first time was overwhelming. "Seeing the children hear
their own voice is always the most exciting thing in my life," she said
at the first SAWA gala in December 2003.
In the end she lost her
life to cancer of the brain, but she did not lose her spirit. Her
energy and vivaciousness for life ultimately led to her passing last
September. It is her inspiration that has changed so many lives.