Mahmoud Bakhshi draws inspiration for his works from the political and social issues that surround him. He attempts to propose direct answers to the situations he observes in Iran by looking for connections with the historical past of his country. Having grown up after the Revolution and during the Iran-Iraq War period, Bakhshi says he finds it difficult to create artworks disconnected from his own personal surroundings.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Mahmoud is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran, and has exhibited internationally since 2006. He has held the solo exhibitions Namayeshgah-e-Enferadi, Ave Gallery, Tehran and Tehran Gallery. Recent participation in group exhibitions include Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris ; Barbican Centre, London; and Silk Road Gallery, Tehran - among many others. Mahmoud's work has been collected by Devi Art Foundation and Tate Modern among many other public and private collections.
Mahmoud was the winner of the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOPCAP) in 2010, which provided him with the opportunity to exhibit his work at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 25 September to 10 October 2010.