Mahmoud Zayed was born in 1950. Art and literature have always been his passion or as he said, “my opium, my weed, my sedative and my weapon. It is my craziness and my wisdom. It unites me with nature, animals and human beings. It takes me far into the deep sea of unconsciousness. Where I meet with the hidden and cannot be told”. He has participated in many group exhibitions since 1970 and his last exhibition in 2015 was in Ottawa /Canada.

His artwork evokes a dialogue and asks questions which are answered but do not tell all. It is about life and death, and human existence. Mahmoud Zayed says “Painting is my Garden of Eden where I am Adam and Eve, the serpent and the creator. It is my hell and paradise. It is my prayer and my song. It is my music and scream, my peace and war. It is my tool to understand life and death. It helps me survive and nd beauty in ugliness and meaning in meaningless”.

For him painting is life, philosophy and freedom. He considers his paintings as un nished revolutions, his scream in the face of cruel and absurd world, a dic- tionary and guiding star in his journey to the unattainable.
"Painting is my opium, my weed, my sedative and my weapon. It helps me to see far and beyond, love more and feel more. It is my craziness and my wisdom. It unites me with nature, animals and human beings. It takes me far into the deep sea of consciousness where I meet with the hidden and cannot be told.

Painting is my light, my prayer and my sacred temple. It opens the way to the way. It is my love to a particular woman, a child and a friend. It teach me to love all human regardless of race, religion or nationality. Painting is my garden of Eden where I am Adam and Eve, the serpent and the creator. It is my hell and paradise.

It is my prayer and my song. It is my music and scream, my peace and war. It is my tool to understand life and death. It helps me survive and find beauty in ugliness, meaning in meaningless and love in hatred. Painting make me a mystic, a dancing Gypsy, worshiper and a prophet.

It is my dream and my nightmare. It is my language, my poetry, and my wings. It is my freedom and prison. It makes me the richest man in the world. Painting is my kingdom, you don't need to knock the door is open, don't ask and you will be given. Painting makes me the king and the servant. Painting is my wine, come my friends and lets be drunk and stoned. Come to my island, my refuge and the city of Gods."
• 2003 Gebecker Gallery & Design, Ottawa , Canada

2000 2 Concorso Biennale Internazionale di Pittura, Sanremo, Italy

1999 Charga Art Museum, Shargah, United Arab Emirates

1998 La Biennale Internazionale di Arte Contemporanea, Trevi (PGO) Italy

1996-97 Aberdon Pavilion- Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Canada

1990 Alneel gallery – Aljazeera, Cairo, Egypt

1989 Yahya Salon for Art, Tunis, Tunisia

1989 Sidi Bou Seid museum, Tunis,Tunisia

1988 Cultural Centre, Abu-Dhabi United Arab Emirates

1987 Association of Artists for Freedom of Expression, Tel Aviv, Israel