Completing his studies at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in 1962, Hussein Madi worked as an illustrator and cartoonist in Baghdad, Iraq before moving to Rome in 1963 in order to continue his education at Accademia di Belle Arti.  Returning to Lebanon in 1986, Madi taught sculpture and engraving at the Institute of Fine Arts of the Lebanese University in Beirut.


A painter, sculptor and printmaker, Madi's work draws influence from stylised figuration in Modern Western art and the traditional abstraction of Islamic art.


Hussein Madi’s work was included at the Venice Biennale in 2003, and has been shown at numerous international exhibitions, including, at the British Museum, London, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris and Tokyo's Ueno Museum.