Born 1964, Lebanon
Palestinian artist Jeffar Khaldi grew up amid the turmoil of the Lebanese civil war. To avoid coercion into one of the militias, he emigrated to Texas at the age of sixteen. In 1988 Khaldi enrolled at the University of North Texas, in Denton, where he studied interior architecture, receiving his degree in 1992. After eighteen years in the United States, Khaldi relocated to Dubai in the mid-1990s. In 1997 he participated in the Sharjah Biennial, as well as other group exhibitions including Espejismos (Mirages), Contemporary Art from MiddleEast and North Africa, Museo San Pedro de Arte Mexico, 2007; Cultivating the Desert, Wunderbox, Netherlands, 2007; Best of Discoveries, Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, China, 2007; Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2009; Told/Untold/Retold, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2009; and Residua, Maraya Art Centre, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, 2010. Since 2006, he has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions in Dubai, London and New York: Disco Desert, Thierry Goldberg Project, New York, 2008; With You WithoutEver Seeing You, John Martin of London, London, 2008; and Remove the Invisible Blindfold, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, 2010. His work is held in collections around the world including the JP Morgan Chase Collection and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. In 2005, he established the gallery B21, in Al Quoz, Dubai. He lives and works in Dubai.