Rafik El Hariri’s touch makes him stand out from the crowd. There is infinite sweetness in his illustrations, drawn from a nostalgia that is never bitter, but rather full of hopes and dreams, and at the same time, his works exhibit a fierce strength and intelligence in the messages they convey.
Rafik El Hariri (yes, he writes his name with a k) is a Lebanese designer, illustrator, and university instructor. He and his work have been featured on a wide range of platforms including Adobe, Vogue Arabia, VICE Arabia, GQ Middle East, The National, Plastik, Marie Claire Arabia, and more. Very much inspired by ‘Le Petit Prince’ and Antoine de Saint Exupéry, and also involved in mental health advocacy, this TEDx speaker was featured in Forbes’ 30 under 30. He frequently collaborates with musicians, designing the covers of their albums, including the American-Egyptian band Veridia, the Saudi singer Tamtam, and the Lebanese artists Mayssa Karaa and Blu Fiefer.
PULSE TALKS TO… RAFIK EL HARIRI
What is the one thing you wish people would stop wearing?
Crocs. I will never understand Crocs.
What creation of yours are you most proud of?
By far, it would be my latest written-illustrated book, “I Found A Heart”.
What was your worst artistic faux-pas?
I think it would be romanticizing melancholy for a while in my illustrations.
If you were to choose one of your illustrations, or that of any other artist, to look at every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Seven Ravens by Paul Hey, 1939.
What do you dream of illustrating?
One of my biggest dreams and career goals is to illustrate some cover art for Evanescence.
When was the last time you pulled an all-nighter?
The last time I did not pull an all-nighter was back in 2012.
Name five people, dead or alive, that you’d like to invite to a private dinner party at your house.
Amy Lee, Florence Welch, René Magritte, Marina Abramovic, and Oliver Jeffers.