Urban Swinery Art By Rafi Perez 2018

I am honored to say that I have created some little piggies… well, they’re not really that little.

Urban Swinery Art By Rafi Perez

I was asked to come and take a look at a large wall in a place that will soon become a Pensacola icon. Global Grill’s new restaurant called Urban Swinery is scheduled to open sometime this year and have asked me to create some pieces of art for their wall.

Urban Swinery Art By Rafi Perez

After meeting with them and Studio Pica to discuss the look and feel of the new restaurant, I fell in love with the project.

Urban Swinery Art By Rafi Perez

It was on, I was going to create some giant pigs… something that I actually hadn’t done yet.

This was a fun project and I worked with some amazingly creative people to finish what I consider some amazing pieces that I am very proud of.

All I can really say is “That’ll do pig, that’ll do.

Urban Swinery Art By Rafi Perez

Here are some more images from the project:

Recycled Materials Sculpture 2018

Two things that have been on my to do list for quite some time was to create a life size sculpture, and create something awesome using garbage.

I think I can cross both of those off my list with this awesome Nature Of Being Sculpture that I created for the Artel Gallery show called “RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE… REPEAT.”

Recycled Art By Rafi Perez

This sculpture is modeled after a series of mine called the nature of being. This series combines human beings with trees to create a beautiful symbol of being rooted yet consistently expanding towards the heavens. Connected, growing, evolving, expanding, and beautiful is the message that I want to convey.

In this piece I wanted to expand on that message, by using old plastic bags to create the form and pose. I wanted the piece to be dynamic, to show some distress, yet be fluid and organic in its movement.

Nature Of Being Sculpture By Rafi Perez
Nature Of Being Sculpture By Rafi Perez

The message is open for interpretation, but in my mind, it is nature reclaiming the world, and bouncing back from the brink.

This piece was very challenging and an absolute roller coaster ride to create… I enjoyed ever minute of it! Below you can see the steps I took, forming the skeleton, adhering the plastic bags, creating muscle structure, creating a fiberglass shell, melting and adhering plastic bags, shaping the details on the body, and painting.

Recycled Art By Rafi Perez

It was so worth it… Oh, and I won BEST IN SHOW for this one. I am so proud of this work.

#Inspireasmile Art Hunt 2018

Every year I try to do something special for all the amazing people that collect my art and others in my community. We’ve had open studios where I’ve printed out hundreds of prints to give away, we’ve also given stuff away at live paintings, and every once in a while I donate a piece of art to a charity for auction.

2018 #inspireasmile Art Hunt

This year we did our art hunt with an added twist. Not only did we have small paintings, but also had over 100 small inspirational drawings on magnets. These where placed all over the downtown area of Pensacola, with the new title #INSPIREASMILE, meant to brighten people’s day.

2018 #inspireasmile Art Hunt

This particular day (March 12th 2018) was very cold, windy, and dreary… So it felt nice to go out and inspire smiles.

Immediately people responded.

2018 #inspireasmile Art Hunt

This makes the projects list because it is a project that gets expanded every time I do it, and it is something I am very proud of.

It was an absolute blast and I can’t wait to see what awesome evolution happens next year with it! Enjoy the pictures of the cold and windy day where we brought a little sunshine into Pensacola.

Oren International Corporate Commission – 2018

Recently, I was given the honor of creating a piece of art for a great local company, something large that would hang by the meeting room and lobby. They wanted something that would tell a story about their passion for paper, and add a little color to their offices.

Oren art By Rafi Perez

You guys know that I don’t take on commissions unless it fascinates me, for every 10 people who ask me to do something, I may do one. Commissioned paintings aren’t shown in galleries, or in public most of the time, and generally take a lot longer to create. So when I do take on a commission, it’s because I am excited about the concept, or I really connect with the person who is trying to commission me.

This being a corporate commission, I was surprised to find that I was excited about the concept and I absolutely adore the people who commissioned me.

Oren art By Rafi Perez

The piece tells their story, and is constructed of materials that they produce. They ship different paper products all over the world.

Oren art By Rafi Perez

The piece tells the story of their global reach, production, transportation, uses, and overall importance of what they create. So much comes together in order to make a perfect picture, adding a little color to the world in the process.

That was the overall story I wanted to tell.

Oren art By Rafi Perez

I am so proud of this piece, it pushed me beyond some of my own personal limits, and it definitely pushed my studio to it’s size limit, which was fun.

Watch this video for the why and how of the Oren International Commission:

Here are some more pictures of the project:

Yancy Spencer III Mural 2018

I made a change recently to my mural in downtown Pensacola. Although you would think that someone asking me to change my artwork would be offensive, in this case I was honored.

Yancy Spencer By Rafi Perez

If you remember correctly, I created a large Pensacola mural at 114 Palafox place, which was Marty Campbell Gallery. I wanted to create something that would make people proud of this beautiful place that I’ve fallen in love with.

Originally, I had a multicultural woman’s face as a representation of the diverse culture here.

Yancy Spencer By Rafi Perez

When Marty moved his gallery back out to Gulf Breeze, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen to the mural. I knew that the property owner loved the mural and would attempt to protect it. She would also need to make her new tenants happy, and if they didn’t like the mural, there was a good chance it would get painted over.

Then, Innerlight Surf Shop moved in, and they loved the mural, but wanted to make one change. They wanted to add Yancy Spencer III. After a beautiful and heartfelt conversation with Lydia (The Late Yancy’s wife), I decided to do it, and it needed to be perfect.

Yancy Spencer By Rafi Perez

Now, I’m not sure if you know this, but Yancy is regarded as the father of Gulf Coast surfing. Not only that, but he was an amazing human, so I was honored to make the changes.

Yancy Spencer By Rafi Perez

I know some people, may be upset that I changed an aspect of my original mural, but trust me, I am so thrilled to have painted a legend.

Graffiti Bridge Child Abuse Cause 2017

I was honored to be asked to paint something on The Graffiti Bridge in Pensacola Florida for April, which is Child Abuse Awareness Month.

The project started for me at 6am on April 1st, 2017 (which is early for me) and by the time I got there the crew had already been hard at work painting the bridge blue.

Graffiti Bridge Rafi Perez Child Abuse Awareness

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital #stopchildabuse

4-7 children die every day due to Child Abuse & Neglect in the United States. 7000+ reports of Abuse were reported to the abuse hotline in Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties in 2016.

I wanted to do something a little different than what I have done in the past. I wanted to evoke the feeling of innocence by doing something that represented a child’s drawing. I felt that along with the tagline I chose, it would get the message across.

Browse below to see the project pictures:

I Am Not An Exit Art Show 2017

I am so excited about a special art show that I had at Artel Gallery in Pensacola Florida during the month of March.

Rafi Perez I Am Not An Exit Art Show

“Walk into the alcove and discover a journey that will challenge your perception of the world. Rafi has created a special art exhibit that explores the mind, and challenges certain ideas about self, and the awareness of who we believe to be. This small, yet powerful collection will propel you through your thoughts and beg to ask the question “Who Am I?”

Rafi Perez I Am Not An Exit Art Show

I also featured my poetry for the first time ever at the show, which was slightly terrifying. Luckily, the show was received very well, and was a great success.

I Am Not An Exit – Rafi’s Guide To I AM – Art Show 2017

 

  • What: I am not an EXIT – Rafi’s Guide To I AM, Rafi Perez Solo Show
  • Where: Artel Gallery – 223 Palafox Place, Old Escambia County Courthouse, Pensacola, FL 32502
  • When: March 7th – April 7th. Opening Reception March 16, 6pm-8pm

Browse below to see pictures of the show:

Taco Agave Painting 2017

I just delivered and hung one of the largest paintings I have created thus far. I was commissioned by Taco Agave in downtown Pensacola for a piece in their new restaurant.

I wanted to stay true to the theme and style of the beautiful design they already had, so I decided on an abstract of an agave farm with the mountains in the background. The piece has a reflective under layer so it changes throughout the different times of day.

Taco Agave In Pensacola Art

I am very proud of what I created and look forward to my next large commercial commission. If you are interested in seeing it for yourself and enjoying some delicious food, visit Taco Agave at  200 S Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502.

Okaloosa Saves Rain Barrel Art 2017

This one made the list of our projects page, simply because it was the weirdest and coolest commission I have ever done. I was approached by an organization that holds classes on creating rain barrels. Okaloosa Saves is a local organization with the goal of raising awareness and educating the community on how to make smart choices when it comes to saving for the future.

Eco Nomic Living Expo Rain Barrel Art

They held a fundraiser and wanted to auction off an art barrel. I was honored that they had chosen me to create their first (and my first) art rain barrel.

Apparently the event was a huge success and everyone was hoping to win my barrel, which made me feel really good.

To find out more about Okaloosa Saves http://economiclivingexpo.com/

Art Carousel Horse 2016

It’s not every day that I get to cross something off of my bucket list. As a kid, I remember being mesmerized by the the carousel horses at Six Flags Great America. This year, I was given a blank horse and asked to make it look beautiful.

“Do what you want with it, I trust you.” He said.

Art Carousel Horse By Rafi Perez There is just something magical about them. When you are a kid, they can easily spark the imagination… Oh, who am I kidding, as an adult they spark my imagination. As an artist, I think it is such a great opportunity to tell a story using such familiar imagery.

Think about it, if you give a hundred artists the same blank horse, you will get a hundred different horses. Each one telling a unique story. A story that reflects the artists that created it.

Art Carousel Horse By Rafi Perez
Art Carousel Horse By Rafi Perez

I’m not sure if I’ll ever get the opportunity to design another carousel horse, but the fact that there is one out in the world, with my signature on it is so exciting to me.

I just had to share it with you. Stay awesome!