Rafi Perez Bio

Rafi Perez in Studio
Rafi Perez in his art studio

Rafi Perez is an award winning contemporary artist who creates emotionally charged works. His art is meant to inspire empowerment, self awareness, and mindfulness. His diverse collection of work has been described as reminders of personal power and beauty. He is best known for his use of texture, bold color palettes, experimental techniques, and striking pieces that each has an emotional, and deep personal story to tell.

Rafi is an established artist whose sense of adventure and constant experimentation in his studio has led him to develop a painting technique with unique characteristics. His ambition with his paintings is to use symbolic shapes, figures, texture and colors to express his deepest emotions and passion for life. This leads him to apply paint to the canvas in unusual and interesting ways. His paintings also require layers upon layers of paint to create a sensuous and turbulent surface texture that is as vital and as complex as life itself. He uses color to allure an imaginative and emotional response from the viewer. His dynamic depictions of the human experience and expressions are the product of many days of working and reworking.

PREMIERE EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS

2017
– Love & Hate: A Remix Of Urban Experience. BUILD, Chicago IL
– I am not an EXIT: Rafi’s Guide To I AM, Solo Show. Artel Gallery, Pensacola FL

2016
– Cinco Banderas Collection. Artel Gallery, Pensacola FL
– It’s A Zoo In Here. Artel Gallery, Pensacola FL – Awarded (Best In Show)
– Inweekly Magazine Voted Best Of The Coast 2016
– Uptown/Downtown. Artel Gallery, Pensacola FL
– Mural Project on Palafox St., Historic Downtown, Pensacola FL
– Rock Your Senses – Live Painting At Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola FL
– Curated Compassion – Interactive Installation, Pensacola FL

2015
– You Are Here: The Strange Curiosity Of Right Now. SoloArt Exhibition. Marty Campbell Galley, Pensacola FL
– Mahabhuta Yoga Festival Featured Artist, Pensacola FL
– Downtown Wine Walk, Live Painting, Historic Downtown Pensacola FL
– The Daily Brew – Live Painting On Network Television, Pensacola FL

2014
– Rock Your Face For The Holidays – Live Painting At Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola FL
– New Blues Show. Blue Morning Gallery, Pensacola FL
– Artist Gone Wild, NWFAS, Pensacola FL
– Downtown Wine Walk, Live Painting, Historic Downtown Pensacola FL

2013
– Milton River Walk, COM, Milton Florida – Awarded (White Ribbon)
– Artmore Gallery Event, Atmore AL
– The Rotation Of Painting,The Yard, East Hill Yard, Pensacola FL
– Artist Gone Wild, NWFAS, Pensacola FL
– PMA (Pensacola Museum of Art) Members Show, Pensacola FL

2012
– Art From The Heart, Gourmet Dinner Night, Pensacola FL
– Art Party X, Pensacola, FL
– Gulf Breeze Celebrates The Arts, Gulf Breeze FL

2004
– Avant-Grande, MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Warehouse, Chicago IL

Rafi Perez At Solo Art Show
Rafi Perez At Solo Art Show

More About Rafi’s Art

His Paintings represent the discovery of mysteries of the subconscious mind that are part of his own personal journey in life. The art holds the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles, and will. It is a collaboration of the mind and spirit. It is designed to speak to the viewer in a confidential language. Once a piece of art grabs you, you cannot help but interact with it; it demands contemplation, study, feeling, and flights of fancy.

Hope's Dove By Rafi Perez
Hope’s Dove By Rafi Perez

“He is driven to communicate visual qualities of perhaps the external environment which offers us freedom and inspiration as we cope with awesome focal points in the vast open space surrounding our existence. He attempts to show the internal passion of human sensuality that brings quality to our senses stimulating and extending our consciousness elevating life as individuals or sharing space with others around us.Ultimately Rafi seems to convey simple sophistication and intellectual freedom as he uses the visual language to express the human potential.” – Spiros Zachos (PO10TIAL Magazine)

Rafi’s work can be found in myriad of public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, He currently lives and works in Pensacola, Florida.

Rafi Was Here Mobile
Rafi Was Here Mobile