AlMahdi's inquisitive artistic nature appeared very early in life.
The 32-year-old rose to prominence at the 34th Bahrain Annual Fine Art Exhibition in December 2007, when he won the judges unanimous vote, beating over 50 fellow artists to win the prestigious Al Dana award. Having exhibited in collective shows across Bahrain - AlMahdi's work is destined for eyes further afield.
"I began to write and paint on the inside of my closet. It was my source of inspiration. When I was naughty, I would hide in it. It was a sanctuary of sorts."