Ray Khalife Fine Art

 
 
 

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Ray Khalife

Ray Khalife Fine Art

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Ray Khalife, the eldest of seven siblings, was born in a small port city on the Mediterranean Sea in Byblos, Lebanon, in 1949. His father, a former monk, was unexpectedly separated from his family as an infant during their journey from Brazil to Ellis Island, New York, in 1912, and he grew up in Lebanon. He passed away when Ray was only nine years old, forcing Ray to spend his youth working odd jobs to support his family.

In 1970, Ray formed "The Phoenician Theatre Group" to pursue his passion for the arts. He wrote and staged five plays in collaboration with a number of local artists including world-renown musical composer Marcel Khalife. At the age of 23, Ray locked himself in a room for a month and studied English with a dream to visit his dad's family who had settled in Ohio. He met his aunts and uncles for the first time, and began his studies at the Southern Illinois University. His dream was short-lived when he had to return to his home country due to visa's issues. Determined to attain higher education, Ray continued taking courses through correspondence and achieved degrees in Interior Design and in Business Management from Chicago's La Salle Extension University.

During the mid 1980's, Ray fled war in Lebanon on a boat to Cyprus and relocated his family to Montreal, Canada, where he spent the next seven years writing about art and its importance to society as a journalist for L'Avenir newspaper. It was not until 1990 that Ray committed himself to being a full-time artist. Since then, he has held exhibits in a number of cities throughout the world. His art can be found in diverse settings including diplomatic embassies, churches, city halls, on the cover of albums, and in the homes of a number of well-known Middle Eastern performers.

Ray now resides on the coastal City of New Bedford, Massachusetts with his wife, where he loves working for the City "as Senior Planner since 2001" and enjoys the views of the Atlantic Ocean rather than the Mediterranean Sea where he began his artistic journey many years ago...

 

Friendship by Ray Khalife

 

Field of Poppies by Ray Khalife

 

Cowles Mountain by Ray Khalife

 

My impasto flowers by Ray Khalife

 

By the basin by Ray Khalife

 

Lesson from nature by Ray Khalife

 

Color exaggeration by Ray Khalife

 

Two d plus by Ray Khalife

 

Open mind and soul by Ray Khalife

 

Odd shape flowers by Ray Khalife

 

Typical mediterranean by Ray Khalife

 

Orange sunset by Ray Khalife

 

Vineyard by Ray Khalife

 

A Carriage and a horse by Ray Khalife

 

My horizon by Ray Khalife

 

Dark tree in the vast by Ray Khalife

 

My inspirational Goddess by Ray Khalife

 

Water lilies by Ray Khalife

 

The dark side in me by Ray Khalife

 

Land of inspiration by Ray Khalife

 

Endless love 2 by Ray Khalife

 

Endless love 1 by Ray Khalife

 

Unwarranted escape by Ray Khalife

 

Soil and soul by Ray Khalife

 

Wild trees by Ray Khalife

 

Pink flower by Ray Khalife

 

Conflict of colors by Ray Khalife

 

Beauty of life by Ray Khalife

 

Empty beach by Ray Khalife

 

The Roman wall by Ray Khalife

 

Colorful fish by Ray Khalife

 

La Jolla beach, San Diego by Ray Khalife

 

The vineyard by Ray Khalife

 

Sunny day by an old tree by Ray Khalife

 

Road to heaven by Ray Khalife

 

Tango with a twist by Ray Khalife

 

Inspiration by Ray Khalife

 

Nature's abundance by Ray Khalife

 

Harvey by Ray Khalife

 

Three birds resting by Ray Khalife

 

The pond by Ray Khalife

 

Primary plus by Ray Khalife

 

Imperfection by Ray Khalife

 

By the creek by Ray Khalife

 

Life - a bit of everything by Ray Khalife

 

Between the lines by Ray Khalife

 

In the shadow by Ray Khalife

 

Joy of parenting by Ray Khalife