(1928 - 2005)
Aref El-Rayess was active/lived in Lebanon, Italy. Aref El Rayess is known for figurative, abstract painting.
Biography Aref El-Rayess
Born in Aley, Mount Lebanon in 1928, Aref Rayess started his career as a self-taught artist. He lived in Africa for many years during which he traveled between Senegal and Paris. In Paris, he joined the studios of Fernand Léger, André Lhote, Marcelle Marso and Ossip Zadkine while studying at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière.
In 1957, he returned to Lebanon, but left again for Florence in 1959 with a scholarship from the Italian government. From 1960 to 1963, he lived in Rome where he went on studying and exhibiting.
In 1963, he returned to Lebanon.
Rayess output is so diverse and varied, it is impossible to attach his oeuvre to any given movement or artistic style. A complete and
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