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I was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and my education and experiences during my travel throughout my home country have heavily influenced my artwork, though my personal style continues to evolve. I lived in Baghdad until my work as a painter was selected for inclusion in the 2013 Venice Biennale art festival in Italy. Following the exhibition of my work in Venice, I was invited to become an Artist-in-Residence through the ASU Art Museum. I became a permanent legal resident of the United States in 2014, and my experience engaging with the arts community in Phoenix, Arizona has transformed my life and created new opportunities to share my skill as a painter and my passion for helping to cultivate the creativity of others. I am honored to be able to share my experiences and impact the careers of students by teaching painting classes and workshops at schools in Arizona.