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Aref El Rayess Foundation

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Aley, Aley district

The Aref El Rayess Foundation aims to preserve, promote, study, and share the legacy of Lebanese painter, sculptor, poet, and writer Aref el Rayess. Aref El Rayess (or Aref Rayess) was a Lebanese painter. Born in Aley (1928), Mount Lebanon, he started his career as a self-taught artist exhibiting for the first time in 1948. 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.


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Monday-Friday 9am-5pm