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Rafic Charaf

 (1932 - 2003)
Rafic Charaf was active/lived in Lebanon.  Rafic Charaf is known for painting.

Biography   Rafic Charaf

Born in 1932 to a close-knit Baalbek family, the blacksmith's son became a regular personality among the Beirut intelligentsia from the 1960s to the 90s.  The tale goes that as a boy he was nicknamed "the black plague" because his face was always sooty from his father's furnace.  His pockets bulged with lumps of charcoal which he used to draw on anything that could pass for a canvas.  It is said he spared no wall or door in the whole town.  It was by chance that celebrated Lebanese poet Loutfi Haidar stumbled across a drawing on the wall of the first bookshop in Baalbek, and asked who drew it.  He was told it was the son of the blacksmith whose forge was next door.  "My father found the blacksmith and tol   ...  Displaying 750 of 2935 characters.

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