Rafi Lavie was born in Tel Aviv, Mandate Palestine. He began teaching at the Midrasha Art Academy in 1966. In the same year he was also a founder of the group Ten Plus. Lavie's work is a cross between graffiti and abstract expressionism. He influenced a generation of young artists. In the early 1960s, Raffi Lavie began to paint in spontaneous scrawls, which soon began to echo graffiti and comic strip art.
He wrote on his paintings as if they were walls covered with scribbles.
Lavie was invited to exhibit with the New Horizons ("Ofakim Hadashim") group, but his work had already, at the beginning of the 1960s, challenged the delicate lyricism of the group. Towards the end of the 1960s, Lavie began to glue photographs,
reproductions and posters on his works, combining varied aesthetic elements; kitsch, applied graphics, children's drawing, and political rhetoric. He transformed the banal into art and breathed art into the banal. He sought to restore the image to art after its banishment by "New Horizons". The synthesis of scribbled line and collage is unique to his work.
In 1978, Lavie was a co-recipient of the Dizengoff Prize for Painting. In 2002, a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. In 2005, he had a solo exhibition at Givon Gallery in Tel Aviv.
Rafi Lavie died in 2007