Mark Your Calendars, It’s Art Showing Time

I am excited to announce that I’m so busy that I have no idea what I’m actually doing, so this list is for me as much as it is for you.

Well, let’s jump right in, get your datebooks ready set and GO!

Artel Gallery Rafi Solo Exhibit Reception Sept 13th

Rafi-Artel-Show-Poster-2018-2

The show is called Sunflowers & The Nature Of Being. It is meant to ignite the spark within the imagination of the viewer as he or she explores the art, discovering a collection based on beauty, nature, and the human spirit.

Join me for the reception on Sept 13th from 6 -8pm.

What: Sunflowers & The Nature Of Being Solo Show Reception

When: September 13th, 2018 From 6pm-8pm

Where: Artel Gallery – 223 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32502

Why: Because it is AWESOME!

Show runs from Sept 4th – Oct 19th.

 

“LIVE” Rafi Solo Exhibit Reception Sept 15th

Come-See-All-My-Crap-2018-2

I am very excited to announce that I will be having a solo show at Live Juice Bar & More in Downtown Pensacola. I have some super secret pieces that I am working on that will make their debut at the show. The show is called “Come See All My Crap” and you will be seeing over 80 works of art.

There will be good music, good food, good people, and a lot of fun.

Go To The Facebook Event Page

Join me for the reception on Sept 15th from 7 -9pm.

What: Come See All My Crap Solo Show Reception

When: September 15th, 2018 From 7pm-9pm

Where: Live Juice Bar and More – 532 GARDEN STREET, Pensacola

Why: Because it is AWESOMENESS!

Each month Jaco’s features a new artist whose work will hang on the walls of the restaurant for that month. The night of the reception they also have free wine tasting of that months featured wines.
So, we will have featured art, a featured artist (me), and featured wine (not me, but still awesome) at the same event, sitting right on the water… and YOU are invited!
Join me for the reception on October 3, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.What: Jaco’s Rafi Perez Solo Show Reception

When: October 3, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille – 997 S Palafox St, Pensacola

Why: Because ART AND WINE!!! HELLO?!?!

And that’s it for now…

2018 Rafi CalendarsOh yeah!! – I’ll also be taking pre-orders for the 2019 Calendars in October so keep an eye out for that!!

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

I am happy to announce that my show is up and running at Artel Gallery from March 7th – April 7th. Reception will be on March 16th from 6-8pm.

Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017

I am not an EXIT – Rafi’s Guide To I AM

Description Of 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?”

  • 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
  • Why: Because it’s awesome!

Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017

The show features special poetry and musings that I wrote for each piece of art. I will also have a book available for the reception on March 16th with signed copies for purchase.

I Am Not An Exit Book By Rafi Perez

I am looking forward to see you at the reception on March 16th! Here is a preview of the show:

Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017
Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017
Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017
Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017

 

Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017
Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017
Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017
Rafi Perez Solo Art Show 2017

 

 

Rafi Perez Solo Art Show, March 16th Artel Gallery

Klee and I went down to Artel Gallery today to get all the measurements of the Alcove, where I will be having a solo show March 7th – April 7th. Reception will be on March 16th from 6-8pm.

Rafi Perez Solo Show at Artel Gallery
Rafi Perez Solo Show at Artel Gallery

I am not an EXIT – Rafi’s Guide To I AM

Description Of 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 Solo Art Show This Is Not An Exit March 7th - April 7th
Rafi Perez Solo Art Show This Is Not An Exit March 7th – April 7th

 

  • 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
  • Why: Because it’s awesome!
Klee at the Alcove in Artel Gallery
Klee at the Alcove in Artel Gallery

Let Inspiration Take You

If you could ask me six years ago “Hey Rafi, do you think you could ever make a living from your art?” I would have responded “I wish.”

I look at the old version of me, that guy was pretty cynical and pessimistic, it is no wonder I was stuck where I was. I was pretty comfortable in my corporate job following someone else’s agenda and thinking that life was all about sacrifice and quiet desperation. Obviously, I’m not living that life anymore, which is awesome.

inspiration-3

I created a piece that is symbolic of the two versions of my life. In the past I was always waiting before making the move towards something I wanted. It was “When I have more money” or “When I have more time” or “When I retire” which never seemed to come. The bottom figure is sitting on his hands and hiding his face with his hat, which means he can’t see outside his small reality.

“Hey Rafi, do you think you could

ever make a living from your art?”

I would have responded “I wish.”

Later in life. I allowed inspiration to guide me like a mad man. I realized that life is too short to not live it fully now. I’ve always wanted to work for myself and create art for a living and decided to take the leap. The top figure is upside down with a balloon lifting him in the air. The balloon symbolizes inspiration, he is upside down because it was completely outside of my comfort zone. I had to become my biggest cheerleader in order to push myself forward through the minefield of doubt, and that was my biggest challenge. The figure is also looking up, it symbolizes the glimpse of the expanse of possibility and potentiality that we sometimes have blinders to.

inspiration-2

I now know that it is possible for EVERYONE to succeed at anything that they put their mind to. The only thing you have to overcome is the challenge of doubt, it is the only thing that could ever truly stand in your way. I realized that I was with my own mind 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and I could either be self motivating or self deprecating. Had it been someone other than my own mind saying some of the crap that I said to myself I would have told them to suck an egg a long time ago.

Life IS too short to spend ANY time being mean, sarcastic, pessimistic, critical, judgmental, or mean to yourself. It’s really silly, some of the bullshit excuses we use to be unhappy. It’s your life, it’s your mind, own it. You get to decided, you either sit on your hand and wait or you let inspiration guide you even when everyone else thinks you’re nuts.

 

 

Rafi Perez Solo Art Exhibition

On Sept 11th 2015, I launched the opening for my solo art show “You Are Here – The Strange Curiosity of Right Now.” The opening reception was a huge success and the show is running until October 1st 2015. The show features over 100 works of art, including installations, paintings and sculpture.

There was an acoustic performance by the amazing band Dinosaur Daze and fantastic food by Monica Gaskins. The show is hosted by Marty Campbell Gallery in Downtown Pensacola.

“I’ve always been very fascinated by the concept of right now. That fleeting moment that takes place inside your mind, it dictates how you feel and what you think about. The show will exhibit a body of work that is a study of the various emotions that can exist in a fleeting moment of right now.”

“Art is such a great representation of the relative nature of the concept of time because the experience takes place in the viewer mind. Things will sow down when you get absorbed by the colors, texture and the subject of a piece if it triggers an emotion response that is personal in nature. Yet, nothing will happen to the flow of time if the piece doesn’t speak to you in any way, you simply move on to the next.”

What: Rafi Solo Art Show – YOU ARE HERE: The Strange Curiosity of RIGHT NOW

Where: Marty Campbell Gallery  –  126 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, Florida 32502

Show Runs – Sept 11th – Oct 1, 2015

Rafi Perez is a self-taught artist who’s 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.

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.

 

 

Rafi Perez Is Having A Solo Art Exhibition of Awesomeness

“I am very excited to announce that I will be having a solo show at Marty Campbell Gallery, Downtown Pensacola. I have some super secret pieces that I am working on that will make their debut at the show. The show is called YOU ARE HERE: The Strange Curiosity of RIGHT NOW. ”


“My goal with this show is to wow people and leave them with something to talk about for years… That’s all I’ll say for now, but it’s totally exciting trying to make that goal a reality.” – Rafi Perez

What: Rafi Solo Art Show – YOU ARE HERE: The Strange Curiosity of RIGHT NOW

When: Opening Reception on September 11th from 6PM-10PM

Where: Marty Campbell Gallery  –  126 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, Florida 32502

Show Runs – Sept 11th – Oct 1, 2015

 

Prepare to have your mind blown. Marty Campbell Gallery in Beautiful Downtown Pensacola will feature art from award winning artist, Rafi Perez. “YOU ARE HERE: The Strange Curiosity of Right Now” Will Have Its Opening Reception on September 11th from 6PM-10PM. Rafi is a mixed media painter whose works include a variety of subjects in several styles. Rafi’s most recent body of work reflects his fascination with the human figure and individual emotional impressionistic portraits. Special pieces for this collection will debut at this show including sculpture and installation.

Light food and drink will be provided.

Please join the Facebook page by clicking the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/838760126231747/