Raouf Rifai was born in Lebanon in 1954. He holds a PhD in urban planning from the Sorbonne in Paris and teaches art at the Lebanese University. Rifai’s visual language combines abstract symbols with references to Middle Eastern cultural heritage in very bright paintings where thick, black lines outline blocks of color. A recurrent theme in his work is that of the dervish. His dervishes are as diverse and colorful as Middle Eastern society itself, with their myriad of expressions, attitudes, and emotions.
Rifai has taken part in numerous collective shows in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and Japan. Since 1984, he has held more than fifteen solo exhibitions, including Karakouz, Mark Hachem Gallery (Beirut, Lebanon); Carnaval of Darawiches, Sana Gallery (Singapore); the TJ Fine Art Gallery (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); and Harmony at the Farhat Art Center (2013).
In 2010, Rifai was awarded first prize at the Sursock Museum’s Salon d’Automne in Beirut. He was successfully auctioned at Christie’s, Dubai, in 2011. Rifai lives and works in Beirut.
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