Kifah Mahmoud


An Iraqi Freelance Cartoonist and Illustrator, living and working in Holland
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60 Years

Date of Birth: 1962


Kifah Mahmoud

Born in al Zubair District / Al Basra – Iraq in the year 1962
Graduated from the Baghdad collage of Fine Arts Academy in the year 1985
Worked as a teacher of Fine Arts in the Fine Arts Institute / Al Basra in the year 1988
Started working in Iraqi Newspapers and Magazines in the year 1983, where he worked in: Alif-Baa Magazine, Woman Magazine, Waii Al Umal Magazine, Al Jumhuriyah Newspaper, Alqadisiyah Newspaper, Al Iraq Newspaper … Left to Jordan in the year 1991 and worked in Jordanian Newspapers: Al Dustour Newspaper, Shihan Newspaper and Al Ahali Newspaper. He also concurrently worked with Al Moharrir French Newspaper, and then migrated to Netherlands in the year 1994, where he worked in local Newspapers and Magazines: Inzet Magazine, and Post Nederland Vluchtelingen Newspaper. Afterwards he worked for London based Al Zaman Newspaper and Al Zaman Al Jadeed Magazine. Afterwards he moved to work in Iraqi Al Sabah Al Jadeed Newspaper 2007, Kuwaiti Al Jareeda Newspaper 2007, relocated to Kuwait in the year 2007 and worked in Awan Kuwaiti Newspaper, and finally worked in Kuwaiti Al Qabas Daily Newspaper in the year 2011


  • Best Cartoon Prize at the 12th Seoul Int’l Cartoon Festival – Korea 2003
  • Guest of honour in Professional Political Cartoonists Festival – Netherlands 2013
  • Guest of honour in Arab Spring Festival organized by The Netherlands Press Museum – Netherlands 2013

Exhibitions & Publications


Several Personal Exhibitions

  • Personal Caricature Exhibition in The Public Library / Amsterdam 2002
  • Personal Book Covers Exhibition in The Public Library / Amsterdam 2003
  • Personal Caricature Exhibition in The Public Library / Amsterdam 2004
  • Personal Caricature Exhibition in Art Empire Gallery / Leiden 2004
  • Personal Caricature Exhibition in The Public Library / North Amsterdam 2004


He also participated in over 40 Arabic and International Exhibitions, few are listed below:

  • The 15th Cartoon Festival – Italy 1997
  • Binali Tehran Caricature Art 1997
  • International Black Humor Festival – Romania 1998
  • The 8th Seoul Int’l Cartoon Festival – Korea 1999
  • Trojan Harvest Festival – Greece 2007
  • Comics Annual Festival – Haarlem / Netherlands 2012



  • Jury Member at Haarlem comics festival – Netherlands 2012
  • Jury Member of the 8th International Cartoon Contest “SYRIA” – Syria 2013

Additional Information

He also Invented The Hamdan Character and presented him within a weekly column in the name of Hamdan Weekly in the year 1983

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