Born Najaf, 1943. Achieved a BA Painting from both IFA and AFA. A fellow member of the Pioneers until 1974; the Innovationists and the July 17th Group. Participated in numerous exhibitions in and out of Iraq including those organised by SIPA in Moscow, Paris, Warsaw, Spain, USA and the UK as well as Cagne-sur-Mer International Festival, France and the Sixth Triennial, New Delhi, India and the Fifth International Biennial, S o Paolo, Brazil. Awarded First Prize, International Exhibition, Ibiza, Spain, 1964. Obaidi was the director of NMWA.