Born in Puerto Rico in 1946 and raised in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, he began studying art at a early age and discovered photography in his early 20s.
Malave studied at the Germain School of Photography, and Educational Alliance Photo-workshop under Dr. Al Freed and earned a degree in Photography from SUNY. He has taught photography and lectured at various educational institutions. Malave was awarded a Creative Artist Public Service Fellowship to study Street Life in New York and a National Endowment for the Art Survey Grant to photograph the New York Financial District. His photographic body of works include essays on: Human Development/ Motherhood, Aging, The Myrtle & Third Avenue El transit systems, Metropolis, NY Street Life, World Trade Center: Before, During & After 9/11, World Travel, Artist’s Portraits, Humans in Nature, Crowds, Plant Life and Experimental Projects.
Malave’s works have been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, Museum of the City of New York, Museo de Puerto Rico, Danforth Museum, Snite Museum, El Paso Museum, Bronx Museum, Camera Work Gallery, New York Historical Society, Wave Hill Center for Environmental Studies, Neikrug Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Institute of Puerto Rico, BRIC House, and a series of photographs are in the collection of the New York Public Library.
Books of photographs include: THE THIRD AVENUE EL-BRONX 1972-73, THE TOURIST with an introduction by Judd Tully ‘CREATURES’ with an introduction by A. D. Coleman and VARET STREET KIDS 1968-69 with an essay by Elizabeth Ferrer.