Born in Buhriz – Diyala, near Baghdad in 1959, Satta now lives and works in Leicester, UK.
He left Iraq when he was 18 years old, for Algeria where he started his education as an artist. He then moved to Russia to complete his education and then to Sweden, before settling in the UK in 2000.
Satta has an MA in Fine Arts (1989), from Mukhina College of Art and Design, in Leningrad, where he specialised in Mural painting. Before that he had trained at the Institute of Fine Arts, Surikof, in Moscow (1983-1984) and Ecole National des Beaux Arts, in Algiers (1978-1980)
He has had a number of solo exhibitions, in Algeria, Syria, Russia, Sweden and the UK, among them Colour, Light and Mind: 500 Small Paintings as a Mural, Catmose Gallery, Oakham, 2008; Colour, Love and Mind, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery, 2007; One Thousand Drawings and One Painting, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 2007; Freedom Exhibition, The Guildhall, Leicester, National Museums Liverpool, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear Museums 2007 – 2008;
Static and Dynamic; Colour and Mind, Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester (2006), One Thousand Paintings and One Mosaic, An art installation, LCB Depot, Leicester (2005), Colour and Mind, at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery (2004).
He has also participated in a large number of group exhibitions around the world, including Island of Treasures Part II, two-man show, the Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester, 2007; Smallprint / Bigimpression International Mini-Print, Touring Exhibition, 2007-2008; Three Ways of Seeing, Architecture Week 07, Leicester, 2007; Spring Show, The Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle, 2007; Word into Art, The British Museum, London, 2006; The Arabian Horse, Arabesque Gallery, Bahrain 2004; 2nd International Exhibition of the Heart, Japan, UK, and USA, 2001-2003.
Satta is represented in a number of collections, including drawings in The British Museum’s permanent collections, and paintings in the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Kaleningrad, Russia, and Leicester Museum & Arts Gallery, and many private collections.
He has executed several permanent and temporary mural paintings in public places, for example a wall painting for Studieforbundet Vuxenskolan (Adult Education), Stockholm, Sweden (2003) and two circular paintings (3m diameter) for Leicester Adult Education College, UK (2002).
He speaks Arabic, Russian, Swedish and English.