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Born in Beirut in 1954, Raouf Rifai obtained a doctorate in Urban Planning from the Sorbonne in Paris and
currently teaches at the Lebanese University. Since first exhibiting his work in Lebanon’s Salon du Printemps
in 1973, he has gone on to participate in shows around the world, including in venues located in the Middle
East, Europe, Asia and the US.
Featured among several private and publication collections, his work is housed
in UNESCO (Beirut), the Museum of Modern Art (Damascus), and the Maison de la Franche-Comte (Paris).
Although Rifai’s painting style has gradually changed over the course of four decades, he has remained
focused on tactile uses of medium and the overall establishing of a whimsical feel when depicting his figurative
Partial to incorporating moments of abstraction with objects and details as visual signifiers, he
often references Middle Eastern culture in compositions that employ strategically blocked color with thick
black lines. This creates a pronounced effect, as the viewer’s eyes rest on the exaggerated bodies of his
characters and he emphasizes their vivid facial features and costumes. This marked approach to his muses
has made him one of Lebanon’s more prominent artists.
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