Brian O'Malley recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Rhode Island in 1995. He continued with his formal education at the Massachusetts College of Art, taking classes in film studies, focusing on the connections between Alfred Hitchcock and Edward Hopper. After traveling the country and spending extensive time in the Southwest, Brian then decided to head down to the University of Miami to pursue a Master of Fine arts degree in painting. The light and energy of the tropics had a profound influence, as Brian moved from crude abstract works influenced by DeKooning and Rauschenberg to symbolic figurative pieces influenced by German neo-expressionism and Latino Symbolists like Arnaldo Roche-Rabell and Ignacio Iturria. Brian received his Master of Fine arts degree in 1999 from the University of Miami. While in South Florida he showed his works in group shows at the Ambrosino Gallery, the Lowe Art Museum, The New Gallery, and Locust Projects.
Many works from his residency at the Vermont Studio Centerwere shown in a solo show at the Gallery Z in 2001, titled "A Paradise of Heroes". At this time, Brian began teaching at the University of Rhode Island as an adjunct professor. He has shown extensively in the New England area in numerous group shows at the Boston Center for the Arts, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, the Space at Alice, and Gallery Z. Brian had his second solo show at the Bromfield Gallery, "Transitions and Undoings", in Boston in 2005. He was represented by the White Space Gallery in New Haven from 2005-2007 and now is locally represented by Gallery Z in Providence, RI.