Rashid Al Oraifi was one of the first people to establish the position of “Collector” of material for the Folklore Heritage Museum. He opened his own museum in Muharraq, Bahrain; dedicated to his Dilmun artistic style. He was the Founder of the Bahrain Contemporary Art Society, member of the Arab Artists Union, and was the first Bahraini Artist to participate in the Prince Charles contest exhibition in Monte Carlo.
Over a period of forty years, he has contributed to the world of art through his paintings, writings and lectures. He has produced various sculptures for public display in Bahrain including the Dilmun’s Bull Head in Adhari Park, Dilmun Man on King Faisal Highway, Dilmun Sea Gull near the Government Building, and Key to Dilmun on Budaiya Highway.
In 1980 he was awarded by the Ministry of Information, the Dilmun award for his writings on Heritage of Bahrain by the Union of Arab Historians. In 1989, he was also presented with the highest Bahrain Government Award “The State Merit & Incentive Award”. Moreover, he won the medal for Artistic Excellence in 2008, by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa.
He passed away on March 18, 2017—an art legend and folk hero.