Rafi Kaiser was born in Jerusalem in 1931. After studying art in Israel and France, he lived in Italy between 1962-1960, where he studied the art of the Renaissance. In 1962 he settled in Paris. In 1987, he spent six months in China, where he painted under the influence of the creations of monks from the Song Yuan Dynasty (13th-10th century CE). These works were exhibited in 1990 at the Guimet Museum in Paris.
Kaiser's early paintings were surrealistic in nature, while his later work is occupied by a wide variety of landscapes.