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I was born in an animation studio in Baghdad. It’s like the world knew that I will later have this intrinsic need to create. Everything inspires me. Being in Dubai where the art world is still in its infancy, I feel lucky to be able to be a storyteller and a creator. This is why my work has become a stream of long narrative thoughts - an ongoing documentary, if you will. And, while this is true today, it has not always been so. I only started taking my career seriously at 16 after winning a Red Bull sponsored art competition. My dormant inner artist then awoke along with a ‘4am work ethic’, and next thing you know I was working with brands like Vogue Arabia, Adidas, American Rag, Dubai chamber, and Jaguar. Sheikh Mohammad, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, even viewed a mural I made.

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