Asad was born in Nablus, 1974.
Asad earned his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at Al Najah University in 1998, with a concentration in painting. Though a painter first and foremost, Asad is a multi-disciplinary artist, producing light and sound installations, as well as video and performance pieces. Taking abstract painting as a point of departure, his work has evolved to focus on the Palestinian landscape. As a result, Asad’s more recent work became unique and somewhat minimalist in style.
Asad participated in group exhibitions including; The 11th Havana biennale, Cuba (2012), Colors of Life, Zawyeh Gallery (2014); The First Alexandria Symposium for Mediterranean Arts, Alexandria, Egypt (2015) and many other important group exhibitions in Palestine, Europe, Japan, the U.S and the Arab World. His works have been shown at solo exhibitions including a variety of venues such as: Visions and Abstracts, at the Child Cultural Center, Nablus (1999); Maps, at the Delfina Studios, London (2006); Narrative, at the A. M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (2006); and a solo exhibition, Marj Ibn Amer, at the Zawyeh Gallery, Ramallah (2015).
Rafat Asad also participated in many art workshops and residencies; such as the residency program in cooperation with Delfina Studios Trust, London (2006), Slade School of Art, London (2012), and Cite Des Arts, Paris (2015). Additionally, he was part of the Shatna workshop, Jordan (2007); and the summer arts workshop in Styria, Austria (2009).