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 Raouf Rifai  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: Lebanon      Known for: figurative painting, teaching

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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 subjects.

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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