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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...

 

The road to the future Lavenir by Ray Khalife

 

Doreid Au Canada by Ray Khalife

 

Wadih a Montreal by Ray Khalife

 

Spring at the Common by Ray Khalife

 

Caracalla au Canada by Ray Khalife

 

Shattered Race by Ray Khalife

 

The Skier by Ray Khalife

 

Not in My Dream Two by Ray Khalife

 

Bull Fighter by Ray Khalife

 

A fluid landscape by Ray Khalife

 

Twisted Skier by Ray Khalife

 

Ghosts Of Deceit by Ray Khalife

 

Calligraphy and Body Drawing by Ray Khalife

 

Calligraphy and Drawing by Ray Khalife

 

Judgment Day by Ray Khalife

 

Simply Abstract by Ray Khalife

 

Broken Heart by Ray Khalife

 

Color and Shape of Dictatorship by Ray Khalife

 

Primitive Art by Ray Khalife

 

Untitled by Ray Khalife

 

A Rough Safari by Ray Khalife

 

Stay Connected by Ray Khalife

 

Life Cycle 1 by Ray Khalife

 

Lloyd-Demarest State Park by Ray Khalife

 

Montreal 1996 by Ray Khalife

 

Complete Escape 2 by Ray Khalife

 

Cruising thru. the islands by Ray Khalife

 

falling of a knight by Ray Khalife

 

Sex Violence of 1995 by Ray Khalife

 

Sunset by Ray Khalife

 

The Native Guardian by Ray Khalife

 

River's walk by Ray Khalife

 

Creation by Ray Khalife

 

Agony of waiting by Ray Khalife

 

River's Walk 2 by Ray Khalife

 

Family Cycle by Ray Khalife

 

Deep Valley by Ray Khalife

 

Burst of Colors by Ray Khalife

 

Vanished Civilization by Ray Khalife

 

Two Lovers in the Dark by Ray Khalife

 

The Rock by Ray Khalife

 

The Tower by Ray Khalife

 

The Conductor's Baton by Ray Khalife

 

Life Cycle by Ray Khalife

 

Passion for Music by Ray Khalife

 

The Wharf by Ray Khalife

 

Not in My Dream by Ray Khalife

 

Agony of golfing by Ray Khalife