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Mahmood Shubbar was born in Babel, Iraq, in 1965. He received a BA in Fine Arts from Baghdad University in 1986, and later went on to receive his PhD in Fine Arts. He has held several international exhibitions that received high acclaim including a joint exhibition at Frederico Sconda Cultural Association in Italy in 2013. He has exhibited in Russia, Sweden, Italy, Romania, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. He has also served as a faculty member at Babel University in Iraq. He participated in the Festival of Arts and Culture of World Universities in Egypt for two consecutive years and won first prize both times. He currently divides his time between Iraq and Beirut, where he conducts his artistic practice.