Mahmood Shubbar was born in Babel in 1965. He received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Baghdad University in 1986 and later went on to receive his Ph.D. 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 UAE. 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.