I have a passion to help people grow, amplify their voice, develop new ideas and remove obstacles in making your projects and dreams come to fruition.
In my tutoring service, I offer a highly personalised and tailored consultation service to students, artists, creatives and people who are expanding or embarking on new projects. We can work through many custom-tailored solutions to your creative practice, school assignment, business idea or academic project from concept & making, visual identity, applying to university, grants and funds.
I support students on their projects for A-Levels, university applications, Foundation, BA & MA as well as professional practice.
Many of my students get their desired places at top Universities including The Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths College, Central Saint Martins.
Together we will be working through problem-solving strategies, with a straightforward approach, I work in removing obstacles, and if you are interested we can also step outside of your comfort zone and find new territories to expand into creatively.
As a University Lecturer I have worked with 400+ students and taught in Universities including Central Saint Martins (UK), Leeds Beckett University (UK), Nottingham Trent University (UK), University of Rochester (UK) and I am currently an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion (UK). I Have given Art talks and presentations and been part of panels at: The Henry Moore Institute Leeds (UK), Nottingham Trent University (UK), CAAC Museum, Seville (Spain), Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in London (UK) & ARCO Art Fair Madrid (Spain).
Alongside many projects I also created and ran ‘Alto Arts Residency’ in a jungle enclave in Alto Paraiso Goiás in Brazil, I was co-creator of Gazua Curatorial project in Rio de Janeiro as well as co-created and ran Art Lab: Romita 26 in Mexico City.
I am Rafael, a friendly Spanish Welsh Artist, University Lecturer and producer with over 15 years of working in the creative industries.
I work through a combination of warm and sharp approaches to thinking, making and blockage and conflict resolution.
I have an acute sensibility to seeing where a project is struggling and I am fast in finding solutions to those problems. I am a Goldsmiths University graduate with a very active exhibition career, as an artist, in the past 3 years I have exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (Taiwan), C3A Museum in Cordoba (Spain), South London Gallery (UK), Leeds Art Gallery (UK) in May this year I will have a solo exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute (UK).
As an Art Practitioner, I have a very good working understanding of the Art Market in Europe and the Global South, I have worked extensively in London, Barcelona, Mexico City and Brasil. With this having a well-rounded understanding and a global perspective when it comes to the Arts and new enterprises. In my client history, I have worked for people which include Lisson Gallery Artist, Pedro Reyes with his piece: ‘Sanatorium’ for the Guggenheim Museum. Merce Cunningham Foundation Executive Producer Trevor Carlson: with their piece ‘Not a moment too soon’ for the Barbican in London. Fashion brands, MCQ Alexander McQueen, Carla Fernandez in Mexico for various projects which include concept and strategy development for campaigns, lookbooks, production and content. In the editorial sector, I have worked for clients including Harper's Bazaar Latin America, Dazed and confused, Gato Pardo, Neo2 & Oyster Magazine.
In my travels and work I have also had the opportunity to study and connect with great thinkers and creative practitioners including Alejandro Jodorowsky, Butoh and Bioenergetics Master Diego Piñon in Mexico, Environmentalist, permaculturist and zoologist Marianne Soisalo as well as being a constant researcher of many therapeutic teachings which I have received as a client including Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Ayurveda, Reiki, Theta healing, Tantra, Bioenergetics and Shamanism.
1983, Spanish – Welsh, born in Málaga, Spain
Lives and works in London
2020 MFA. Master Fine Art. Goldsmiths College, University of London
2010 BFA. Bachelor Fine Art. Goldsmiths College, University of London
2003 Foundation Diploma City & Guilds of London Art School
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Henry Moore Institute. Leeds, UK. Curated by Laurence Sillars. “Handful” (Forthcoming)
Queens Collective – Matadero. Marrakesh. “The Curse”
Nogueras Blanchard Gallery. Barcelona. “Pavo Realengo”
Theredoom Gallery. Abierto. Madrid. “Pararrayo”
TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
Despina. Rio de Janeiro (with Pablo Ferreti), curated by Bernardo Jose de Sousa.“Luz Negra”
Yusto Giner Gallery. Spain (with Rafael Parra).“Relocating Landscape”
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
(* Denotes Catalogue)
Jean Claude Maier Gallery, Lisbon. Curated by Januario Jano. “Pica”
Goldsmiths College, London. MFA 2020. “Grounding”
Saatchi Gallery. London Grads Now, curated by Januario Jano. “Salvation”
Chelsea Arts Club. London.”Dispenser (Red)”
Proposition Studios. London. A Sight Of, curated by Ali Glover & Janek Nixon.”Dispenser (Yellow)”
South London Gallery. New contemporaries 2019. London. “Wheels, Pluriyuca” *
C3A. Tocar la Tierra, curated by Javier Bermúdez & Patricia Bueno. Córdoba. ES. “Thief, Invigilate” *
Leeds Art Gallery. New contemporaries 2019. Leeds. UK. “Wheels, Pluriyuca” *
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. Curated by Cheng Shao-Hung. Taiwan. “The Devil’s Bird, Ornithomancy”
Goldsmiths University. London. Interim Show. “Grafting, New Orders”
Art Hub. London. “White Spirits, Fruit Flies, Bacardi”
Museum of Modern Art Karlsruhe. Germany. Curated by Sophie Innmann. “Piercing, Yams & Letters”
Loop Festival – City Screens, Barcelona. “Cruising Tabernas”
Matadero, Madrid. “L´Doune – Divination” *
Hangar, Paratext. Barcelona. “Operación Free Lemon” *
Lekka & Perikleous. Athens. Curated by Maria Georgoula. “God & Sausages”
Super Simétrica. Madrid. Curated by Maykson Cardoso. “Hecha la Ley, Hecha la Trampa”
Encura. Barcelona. Curated by Jaime González & Manuela Pédron. “Chem Trails”
Comensais #1. Rio de Janeiro. Curated by Maykson Cardoso.“Caldo de Cana II”
Hangar. Barcelona. Polivalents N:9. “Rum for Ashes”
Sociedad Económica de amigos del País. Málaga. Cervantes, Shakespeare: Ilustrados “Agujero Tilaka”
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Fernando Centeno López. Genalguacil. “Retratos íntimos”
Les Urbaines. Lausanne. “Bubbles”
Red Studios. São Paulo. “Camelodromo”
Red Studios. São Paulo. “Saoobjects”
Vogue Fabrics. London. “Bubbles”
Nando Argueles Gallery. Sotogrande. Cadiz. Spain. “Why Not”
Centro Coreográfico do Rio. Rio de Janeiro. Brasil. “Cross Over”
Roodkapje. Rotterdam. Netherlands. “Sweat”
Colectivo Imagen. Fuengirola. Málaga. Spain. “Infinite Scroll”
Nando Argüelles Gallery. Sotogrande. Cadiz. Spain. “Futuribles”
Official Selection. Lesgai Film Festival. Madrid. Spain
Official Selection. Outfest. Peru
Official Selection. VII Festival Internacional de la Diversidad Sexual (Cine Movilh). Chile
Official Selection. Cine Gay Lésbico Trans de Lima
Official Selection. El lugar sin Límites. Ecuador
Official Selection. Cologne LGBT filmfest. Germany
Official Selection. Skeivefilmer Oslo Film Festival. Norway
Factoría de Arte y desarrollo. Madrid. “Cruce de Miradas”
The Catacombs. London. UK. “Modern Panic”
F & T Inc. New York. USA. Curated by Carlos Motta. “Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public”
Dublin. Ireland. “Artisit”
Sassafrass Residency, Tennessee. USA. “Escape From Freedom”
Goldsmiths University. London. UK. “Summer Graduates show”
GRANTS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS
Award: Almacantar Grant & Studio Residency
Scholarship: Henry Moore Institute & Leeds Beckett University in partnership with New Contemporaries. UK
Award: Chelsea Arts Club Trust, MA Research & Materials Award. UK
New Contemporaries 2019. Bloomberg Philanthropies and Art Council England. UK
Funding & Mentoring prize: Research & Production 2019. C3A, Córdoba. ES
DKV prize: Best Exhibition for an Emerging Artist (Nominee). Barcelona
Award: Funding and Mentoring prize Ranchito, Matadero. Madrid
Goldsmiths Art Department Alumni Fee Waiver Scholarship. London
Miquel Casablancas Project Prize for Visual Arts. Sant Andreu Contemporary 2017 & 2018 (Nominee). Barcelona
Art Nou Prize (Nominee). Barcelona
Award: ‘A Secas’ Artistas Andaluces de Ahora. C.A.A.C Museum. Sevilla
2020 – Performative Talk: Forms of Resistance. Goldsmiths CCA. London. UK
2019 – Panelist: Identity, Making, Materials. Henry Moore Institute, with Mike Nelson, Rosa-Johan Udooh & Lana Locke. UK
2018 – Artist Talk: Nottingham Trent University, NTU live lecture series. UK
2018 – Artist Talk: School of Media and Communication, London College of Fashion. UK
2017 – Artist Talk: ‘A Secas’ Artistas Andaluces de Ahora. C.A.A.C Museum. Seville. ES
2016 – Panelist: Conference Artists Encura. Arco. Madrid
2019 – C3A. Córdoba. Spain
2018 – El Ranchito – Matadero. Madrid
2018 – Queens Collective. Marrakech
2016-2018 – Hangar. Barcelona (Long-stay Residency)
2015 – Despina (Studio). Rio de Janeiro
2014 – Red Studios. São Paulo
2013-2014 – Alto Residency. Alto Paraiso. Brasil (Director)
2011 – Romita 26 (Project space). Mexico City (Co-director)
2010 – Sassafras Arts Residency. Tennessee
2018 – Present – Associate Lecturer. School of Media and Communication, London College of Fashion. UK
2020 – Visiting Lecturer. BA & MA Fine Art. Leeds Beckett University. UK
2019 – Visiting Lecturer. BA Fine Art Study Abroad Programme. Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. UK
2018 – Visiting Lecturer. BA Fine Art. Nottingham Trent University. UK
2013-2014 – Alto Residency. Alto Paraiso. Brasil (Director)
2009 – 2010 – Sessional Lecturer. UCA Rochester University. Kent. UK
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