Starting in the 1970’s Al-Rawi was a political cartoonist in Baghdad, Iraq where he received his BS degree in Education and Psychology. He moved to United State in 1980. He exhibited locally in North Carolina such as The Museum of the New South, Center of the Earth Gallery, The McColl Center for the Visual Arts, Greenhill Arts Center, Greensboro and Gallery C in Raleigh.
Nationally he exhibited at The Art Council of Greenwood, SC, New Vision Gallery Marshfield, WI, Cork Gallery at Avery Fisher Hall Lincoln, New York, NY, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, and Atlanta, GA.
Internationally he exhibited in London, Egypt, Macedonia, Iraq, and Amman-Jordan.
- Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1955
- Graduated from the University of Almustansiriah, Baghdad in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology
- 1973-1979 Conceived and rendered syndicated humorous and political cartoons for Al Jamhorya, (The Republic), one of the two major Iraqi newspapers as well as its magazine, Alef-bah (Alphabet).
- Moved to the United States in 1980.
- Worked in numerous jobs in the graphic arts field independently his artwork has appeared in the following publications:
Artist’s Magazine, Cat’s Magazine, Charlotte’s Best Magazine, Ship to Shore Cookbook Series, How You Can Tell If You’re A Race Fan!, NationsBank ad, The Education Center-Children’s publications (Greensboro, NC) and “Foot Fetish” self-published comic book.
- Worked as an art director of the art department, Herff-Jones yearbook company in Charlotte, NC
- He taught painting at:
Queens University and now he teaches painting and illustration at Central Piedmont community college, Community School of the Arts (Art Plus.) and for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.