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Bissan Rafe

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Bissan Rafe Duz
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Surrealism, illustrations, fairy tales
👩 Spouse(s)
Bülent Düz (m. 2014)
🌐 Websitewww.nohra-studio.com

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Bissan Rafe (Arabic: بيسان رافع‎) is a Palestinian American visual artist from Houston, Texas. Her work, as she says, is inspired by the Palestinian self-determination movement.


Bissan Rafe was born in 1986 in Kuwait to a family of Palestinian immigrants. By the early 1990s, when she was four years old, her family fled and settled to Jordan where Bissan would grow up. For four of the eight years Bissan's family was in Jordan, they were mostly without running water or electricity.[lower-alpha 1] By the time she was 13, she moved with her family to the United States, where she finished school and went to the University of Houston to study medicine.t[1][2][3]


Known for her oil paintings,[1] Rafe's creative work ranges from illustrations[4] and literature to music.[5] She has exhibited in various galleries and biennials throughout the world, namely the United States,[6] Italy,[7] Portugal,[6] Japan,[5][8], and elsewhere.

One of her projects, known as "Fairy Tales," featured six books with illustrations based on both Eastern and Western Asian folklore and covered themes of imagination, with each book covering a different story.[1][6] An underlying theme of her work usually revolves around multiple phases dealing with the recurring of production, destruction, and reestablishment as a homage to the Palestinian diaspora.[3][6] At various times, her work has been described as overtly political in nature.[2][6]


In 2007, she started her own art studio known as Nohra-Studio.[1]


  1. The significance of the number "four" in her childhood would later appear in her novel A Line of Four Syllables.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cao, Federico (2014). "Palestinian Folkloric Fairy Tales: A Spotlight on Palestinian Painter Bissan Rafe". This Week in Palestine. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Herdian, Sharon (2006). "Featured Art". Thesis Art Magazine. No. Autumn. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Forbus, Jason (2011). "Art of the Palestinian diaspora". Ma'an News Agency (Interview). Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  4. "Featured Art by Bissan Alhussein". Antithesis Common. Summer 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hayek, Samra (17 October 2013). "Top 6 Fantastical Album Covers Hand Drawn By Their Musicians: The Underrated Visual Artist". Thought Catalog. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Cao, Federico (13 March 2012). "Palestinian Fairytale to Hit Asia and Europe Art Scene". The Deliberation Future Journalism. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Jason R. Forbus and Bissan Rafe Qasrawi Mediterraneo & Il Fanciullo Lontano Artisti". Art Limited Net. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  8. "Bissan Rafe's exhibition "Water Waves Fairytales"". Kura Studio. Retrieved 21 February 2014.

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