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The arteries of Lebanon are filled with graffiti and street art.Like Yazan, Phat2, Zepha or Ashekman, Rafei is a recognized member of the country's street art scene. Rafei's street art veers from freehand portraiture to Arabic calligraphy to stencil work.He even asked, Rafei laughed in recollection, whether they were running in the elections.One of his great sources of inspiration, Rafei further explained, is the mysterious U.K. street artist Banksy – whose own stencil work has become so prized that art merchants are buying up slabs of concrete walls, his media, and put them up on auction. Rafei expects his works will see an evolution, as he has in mind to use the calligraphy as tattoos on his figures' skins. He wants to add even more perspective to his art. Rafei tries to integrate his works as much as possible in the urban landscape.Rafei is not alone in the street art community in feeling that popular opinion on the form has changed over the past few years.
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