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"who ever wants to know about me as an artist should look attentively at my art works and there see to recognize what I am and what I want"

 
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About RafaelG

Salvadoran-American Abstract Artist living in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. Ever since I can remember, my passion for the arts and science had its origins in Kindergarten. I would mix color dyes with raw plaster to make human and animal look-alike figurines; it was during my 5th and 6th grades science classes when I mastered the application of mixing colors to give definition to the subject. I remember drawing and coloring landscape scenes which include volcanoes, rivers, trees, and maps. In addition, from 3rd to 6 grade I performed on-stage drama, dancing, and singing. My 6th grade teacher wrote on my year-end school report "Aptitude for the Arts and Science". So long El Salvador.

San Francisco, California my newly adopted mother country; learning English was top priority for me; instantly I felt in love with the City's English home architecture designs and the City's topography. In high school my involvement in arts was limited to few classes in drama and singing. I enrolled in the school's choir and performed during my high school graduation. During my college years i took photography, drawing and design, and film part of general curriculum course requirements. In 1993, I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an minor in Marketing from San Francisco State University. The academic knowledge and work experienced combined helped explored, developed and master my visual art skills.

The Arts

Summer 2009, the "barbarian" period of my life, financially broke while fighting for my life due an unexpected deadly illness; stress levels were skyrocketing, yet determined to overcome all fears by adopting a positive attitude to my surroundings. I began to frequent art exhibitions, museums, connecting with artists, made new friends in the art community. The timing was right, art life in Miami was starting to boom, plenty to see and do like the wynwood art district and the international known Art Basel; the place where I spend many hours hanging around was at the Windisch-Hunt Fine Art gallery in Coconut Grove, were local artist met to mingle, exhibit art, attend workshops; Fred Hunt, 1928-2014 a well known images, scenery and mural artist tough me techniques on colors, besides enjoyed watching him paint his beautiful landscape art works with a very peaceful wisdom. I felt being reborn again, a new life of happiness and excitement. It lead to owning my very first easel along with a 30"x30" canvas, and few tubes of the cheapest acrylic paints, and brushes; I cut out a piece of old wood which became my palette mix board, and cut out some old t-shirts to use as rags, the picture above was created from one of the cleaning rags. The 30"x30" canvas housed two of my paintings, "Peacock Park Poinciana" and "Madonna and Child" painted over with the existing art work title "Afternoon in the Gifford Lane Art Stroll".

One late summer afternoon while walking with my boxer Luna I stopped by the Coconut Grove Bookstore and bought two books on Picasso and Chagal, the two from whom I learned to swing my first brush strokes. Their impressive command of artistic techniques on Cubism, Surrealism, The Blue Period and The Barbarian Years 1937 - 1946 where the inspiration for my first reworked paintings - "the crying chair" from "Large Female Nude in Red Chair", Picasso, 1929; "No Wind, No Wind" borrowed idea from "Weeping Woman", Picasso from the Barbarian years 1937; "Moonlight Lovers" reworked pieced from "Lovers in Blue" Chagall, 1937.

I am aggressively experimenting with the psychology of lines, forms , shapes, volume, and its dynamic composition on beauty, harmony, complexity using the "drip" technique from the Expressionist Movement by artists like Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell and Ronald Davis. Through my paintings I want to enhance the richness of imagination and association in sport games, in all I want to arouse or express the deepest feelings of the observer early approach to painting, I was far more concerned in giving form to emotional or spiritual experiences than in exploring the artistic process itself. Over time, I have become more interested in the translation of the familiar, recognizable reality of things and human strength, configuration and abstraction in a multidisciplinary aesthetic approach to the subject.

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Through the Lens This Week
 


Exhibitions

2010- Windisch-Hunt Fine Art gallery, "Peacock Park Poinciana", Coconut Grove, FL.

2011 - Gifford Lane Art Stroll, Coconut Grove, FL.

2012 - LMNT, Celebrity Art Series "Madonna and Child", Art Basel Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL.

2013 - Coconut Grove Art Festival Cocowalk, Coconut Grove, FL.

2013 - Gifford Lane Art Stroll, "Afternoon in the Gifford Lane Art Stroll", - Coconut Grove, FL.

Gifford Lane Art Stroll, Coconut Grove, FL. 2014

2015 - Gifford Lane Art Stroll, Coconut Grove, FL.

Contributions:

2015 - Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Sapphire Gala Event. "Celebration" 18"x24" acrylic on canvas.

2013 - Bacardi Sailing Cup, "No Wind, No Win", Coconut Grove, FL

2013 - Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, "One Sweet Day", - Miami, FL

Gifts

"The Crying Chair", 2009

"Highness Pussy Cat", 2010

"Blue Sunset", 2011

"Night of Trick & Treats" 2012

"Harmony & Love", 2013

"Touchdown", 2013

 

 
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