Raad was born in Chbanieh, Lebanon and divides his time between Beirut and New York, where he is Associate Professor of Art at the Cooper Union. In addition to numerous individual and group shows at major venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America Raad’s works have been included in Documenta 11 (Kassel, Germany), Art Basel (Switzerland), and the Venice Biennale (Italy). Raad was the winner of the 2007 Alpert Award for Visual Arts from the Herb Alpert Foundation. He is also a member of the Arab Image Foundation, started in 1996 to promote historical research of the visual culture of the Arab world, and to promote experimental video production in the region. Raad presented a free public lecture on his work at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa on October 21, 2009 and conducted studio visits with graduate students in the Art Department at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.