Maurice Haddad was born in Basrah, Iraq in 1937, the son of a respected local linguist who worked as a translator for the British Consulate. He started drawing as a young boy and in 1961 graduated from the Baghdad Institute of Fine Art. He then began a career in teaching, lecturing in Ceramics whilst continuing to paint for his own enjoyment. His first private exhibition was at the age of 25 years, with a collection of ceramic pieces and paintings in watercolour and oil.
His earliest artwork had been based on the natural beauty of his birthplace in southern Iraq, particularly the Marshes and its people. During the Iran-Iraq war he became prominent for his empathetic drawings depicting the battlefield. Following his retirement from full time teaching in 1986 he became inspired by the ancient Sumerian civilisation, with aspects of their mythology and the portrayal and perception of woman, past and present, forming a strong theme in his work.
Recently he has had several personal exhibitions in Germany. In May 2003 he represented Iraq at "Immigration and Art – Cultural Imperialism and Blossoming Diversity", an international exhibition at the Catholic Academy of Trier.
His most recent personal exhibition was in June 2003 in Vienna, the proceeds of which went to a humanitarian aid project for the children of Basrah, his home. This contained a collection of some fifty works based on the Marshes and the ancient civilisation of Babylon.