BIO: 

Rafael was born and raised in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. In May of 2018, Rafael obtained a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. While his time at SFAI, Rafael created work with photography, ceramics, and paintings. He is currently making painting and sculptures by using utilitarian material that are commonly used to build homes.

Artist Statement: 
Born and raised in Culiacan, Sinaloa , Mexico, I moved from Mexico to the United States in 1999. My interest in studying the behavior of humans began when I taught literacy to children and adolescents at the Culiacan reformatory centre, which was before I moved to the USA. In California, I provided psychotherapist services to various age groups, non-profit institutes, schools and counseling centers. This led me to wonder "Do we exist to experience pain and suffering in order to gain the pleasure of existence?" In order to seek an answer to this question, my art practice explores the language of materiality. Materials speak a mute language. This silence allows me to understand the answer to this suffering in human existence.