Born in Lebanon in 1954, Rifai studied Fine Arts at the Lebanese University and later on achieved a PH.D in urbanism from the Sorbonne I University in Paris, France. He started teaching in 1995 and is now Professor at the Lebanese University, department of architecture and design. Rifai’s work combines abstract symbols with references to Middle Eastern culture; he uses bright colors outlined by thick black lines as a way of defining his subjects. Throughout his works, a recurrent character - named “Darwish” – is ever evolving through styles and times. He had several solo exhibitions in Lebanon, Spain, U.A.E, France, U.S.A and Japan, and participated in many collective shows around the world. His work is also part of more than one public collection; namely the Sursock Museum, Lebanon, the National Museum of Modern Art, Syria and the Muharam Beh Museum in Alexandria, Egypt.