In the 1950s he pioneered the painting of social and political issues. Later he studied art formally at the Surikov Institute for Art in Moscow 1961-1963. In 1963 he moved to Prague. In the late 1960s he started working on linking art and science.
He was actively involved in Iraq's arts community through his membership of various art groups. Led by his contemporary, Faeq Hassan (1914-1992), this group was inspired by Mespotamian art, Iraqi folklore and the 12th and 13th-century poets of the Baghdad School.
In 1971, he published his Manifesto of the New Art of Quantum Realism, QR. An application of scientific method in the field of art. QR graphically represents the atomic level of reality using building blocks based on the atomic light spectra of elements in nature. He continued to work on developing QR until his death. He had several publications on art, philosophy and politics in Arabic and English. More on Mahmoud Sabri