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Raouf Rifai
b. 1954, Lebanon

Born in Lebanon in 1954, Raouf Rifai received his Bachelor’s degree in Decorative Art from the Institute of Fine Arts in Beirut in 1982. He earned his PhD in Urbanism at the Sorbonne University in Paris in 1995. Later on, he began teaching in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Lebanese University. The Darwich, a simple man evolving in virtual or real spaces is one of the recurring themes in Rifai’s work. The diverse and colourful darwiches mirror the Middle-Eastern society itself, with their myriad of expressions, attitudes and emotions. In 2010, he was awarded the first prize of the Sursock Museum's Salon d'Automne in Beirut.

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International solo exhibitions
International group exhibitions
Permanent museum collections
Private collections


Art Fairs

2023 Art Cairo, Nadine Fayad Art Gallery, Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt
2021 Riyadh International Luxury Week, Nadine Fayad Art Gallery, Riyadh, KSA
2020 Expo Dubai, Nadine Fayad Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2019 Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Espace Namouna, Nadine Fayad Art Gallery, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, France
2023 Darwich Cedar, Nadine Fayad Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2016 Nadine Fayad Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 Karakouz, Mark Hachem gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Carnaval of darawiches, Sana gallery, Singapore, Singapore
2013 Carnaval of darawiches, TJ Fine Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2013 Karakouz, Mark Hachem gallery, New-York, USA
2013 Harmony, Farhat Art Center, California, USA  
2012 Interlude, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, KSA
2012 Darawich, Farhat Art Center, California, USA
2012 Darawish, Ahli Bank, Beirut, Lebanon
2011 Al Bustan gallery “Festival 2011” Beit Mery, Lebanon  
2010 Casa del ARTE, gallery Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Art Circle Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2010 Piece unique gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 
2009 CCF Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon  
2008 LC Gallery, Spain
2007 ARTE, Dubai Gallery, UAE  
2006 C.C.F Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2004 C.C.F Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 
2003 Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 
2001 Espace SD Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 
1997 Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 
1991 Sud Gallery, Bagneux, France  
1990 Hautefeuilles Gallery, Paris, France  
1989 C.L Gallery, Los Angeles, USA  
1988 World Center Gallery, New Orleans, USA Bernanos Gallery, Paris, France 
1986 Caepo Gallery, Paris, France
1984 Arab cultural center, Damascus, Syria
1984 Chahine Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 

Group Exhibitions

2020 Walls, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2016 Farhat Museum, California, USA
2015 The Middle-East Artsits Art Collection, Afaq Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 The new Middle East, Inforimart Center, Paris, France
2013 Installation, Modern and contemporary Art Museum, Alita, Lebanon  
2013 Art Dubai, Athr Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2013 Paris Art Fair, Mark Hachem Gallery, Paris, France
2013 Miami Art Fair, Mark Hachem Gallery, Miami, USA
2013 Syri-art, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 He and SHE, Al Markhiya Art gallery, Doha, Qatar
2013 Private Collection, Afaq Gallery and Solidere, SV Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 White flags, Kent University, London, UK  
2012 ABC Art Gallery’s Exhibition, Athr Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2012 Art Dubai, Athr Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2012 Art Collection, Afaq Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 Middle Eastern Art, Gallery 13, Athr Gallery, London, UK
2012 Beirut Art Fair, Raja Sertin Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon  
2011 Craponne 10eme Bienal, Craponne, France
2011 Athr Gallery “Self portrait” Jeddah, KSA & London, UK
2011 Menasart-fair, Raja Nehme sertin Art Gallery, Biel Beirut, Lebanon
2011 Rebirth Beirut Exhibition center Solidere, Beirut, Lebanon
2011 Art Dubai, Athr gallery, Dubai, UAE  
2009 Raja Sertin Gallery, Lebanon
2009 Art Circle Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2009 Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 
2008 Janine Rubeiz Gallery, ‘Impressions sur place‘ Beirut, Lebanon
2009 Matossian Gallery, “let the earth breathe” Beirut, Lebanon  
2006 Lebanese foundation of the national Library in collaboration with Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Sursock museum, Beirut, Lebanon 
2005 Sursock museum, ‘Salon d’Automne’, Beirut, Lebanon
2004 Mayfair‘ Lebanon Gallery, the artist’s view cork street’, London, UK  
2002 Rencontres méditerranéennes, Tunis
2002 Biennale Bagdad, Iraq 
2001 Biennale, Alexandria, Egypt
2001 International salon of contemporary arts ‘Artuel’, Beirut, Lebanon
1999 Fiac, Beirut hall, Beirut, Lebanon 
1998 Biennale Asia, Bangladesh 


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