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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...

 

Trapped Beauty by Ray Khalife

 

The fortress by Ray Khalife

 

Soul Search by Ray Khalife

 

Looking Ahead by Ray Khalife

 

Robust Tree by Ray Khalife

 

The Joy of Cruising by Ray Khalife

 

Twisted head of a contessa by Ray Khalife

 

My Bird by Ray Khalife

 

Tribute by Ray Khalife

 

Horoscope by Ray Khalife

 

The cane by Ray Khalife

 

Nature's Beauty by Ray Khalife

 

Two friendly neighbors by Ray Khalife

 

The Cedar Tree by Ray Khalife

 

The Dancer by Ray Khalife

 

Red N Blue by Ray Khalife

 

Wild Tree by Ray Khalife

 

Peach Orchard by Ray Khalife

 

Running River by Ray Khalife

 

Southcoast Nostalgia by Ray Khalife

 

Red and Blue by Ray Khalife

 

Good Times by Ray Khalife

 

Hope by Ray Khalife

 

Late Afternoon by Ray Khalife

 

The Cedar Tree Against the Blue by Ray Khalife

 

Horseneck Area by Ray Khalife

 

DK Sunset by Ray Khalife

 

Fairhaven Beach by Ray Khalife

 

Land and Sea by Ray Khalife

 

Wild Vegetation by Ray Khalife

 

Turquoise Water by Ray Khalife

 

Dominant Tree by Ray Khalife

 

Beauty of Southcoast by Ray Khalife

 

Bright red by the beach by Ray Khalife

 

Warm Snow in the Sassaquin Pond-Neighborhood by Ray Khalife

 

Appealing Peach by Ray Khalife

 

Reminiscent of a splendor era by Ray Khalife

 

Taste of Southcoast by Ray Khalife

 

Joy of Melancholy by Ray Khalife

 

Sassaquin Pond by Ray Khalife

 

Sassaquin Pond by Ray Khalife

 

Don Quixote fighting the dragon by Ray Khalife

 

Slocum River by Ray Khalife

 

For Love's Sake by Ray Khalife

 

Myth of freedom by Ray Khalife

 

Les Miserables by Ray Khalife

 

Hills of Hollywood by Ray Khalife

 

Ultimate Paecefulness by Ray Khalife