Born in Lebanon in 1964, 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 Middle East 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; Arab Express: The Latest Art from the Arab World, Mori Art Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo, 2012; Alienation, Maraya Art Center, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, 2012; Meem Projects 2013. Contemporary Arab Art – ‘How Do You Sleep At Night?’, Meem Gallery, Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, 2013; and How Green Was My Valley, Whitebox Art Center, New York, 2014. 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 Without Ever Seeing You, John Martin Gallery, 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 Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Dar Al Funoon, Kuwait; JP Morgan Chase Collection; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; and Saatchi Collection, London. In 2005, he established the gallery B21, in Al Quoz, Dubai. He lives and works in Dubai.