Rafael Serrano

b 1954 Havana, Cuba. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I consider myself a neo-surrealist, shaped by influences such as Man Ray, Max Ernst, Dada and Dali. Most of my work is the product of my subconscious.
 I’m interested in the soul of humanity and the inner workings of the mind enhanced by a poetic vision.

Since I am both a painter and photographer, I like to combine both mediums. I start by making a small painting that I collage over. Then I photograph the work, and put it into Photoshop and manipulate the palette, the contrast, and I pick out the colours I want to play with. I blow theses images up to 20 x 24 inches, then repaint or collage over the print. Sometimes I photograph them, yet again. My final pieces often move through six generations of paint, collage and photography.

Vita

  • Education
  • 1980 Bachelors of Fine Arts, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach
  • 1982 Masters of Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2016 
  • Lake Of Secrets And Other Living Things - Fab Gallery - Venice Beach - USA
  • Lagoon Of Unrepentant Memories Plus Other Living Things - Neutra Institute - Los Angeles - USA
  • 2014 
  • Space Gallery - Pomona - USA
  • Downtown Gallery - Los Angeles - USA
  • 2013 
  • York K Studio - Los Angeles - USA
  • 2011 
  • Orange Door Gallery - Los Angeles - USA
  • 1998
  • Bigoudi International - Los Angeles - USA
  • 1997 
  • Gallery Isabelle - Los Angeles - USA
  • 1995
  • Gallery Andy Jillien - Zurich - CH
  • 1991
  • Marquardt Gallery - Venice Beach - USA
  • 1990
  • Jan Baum Gallery - Los Angeles - USA
  • 1989 
  • Anthropological Poetic Fantasies - B1 Gallery - Santa Monica - USA
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2019 
  • M.A.D.S. Critics Award - MAD Gallery - Milan - IT
  • 2018 
  • The Pearly Gates Collection - Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center - Yucca Valley - USA
  • 26 Contemporary Artists by Enter Art Foundation - Stockholm - SW
  • 2017
  • Pacific Standard Time - Robert Berman Gallery - Los Angeles - USA
  • The Pink Pop Up Show - Castelli Art Space - Los Angeles - USA
  • 46 Artists by Enter Art Foundation - Kant Garagen - Berlin - USA
  • 2014
  • Art Share Los Angeles - Los Angeles - USA
  • 2012
  • Ground Space Projects - Los Angeles - USA
  • 2009
  • Attack of the Cyclops - Daydream Republic - Los Angeles - USA
  • Last Picture Show - DRKRM Gallery - Los Angeles - USA
  • 30th Year Anniversary Show - Robert Berman Gallery - Santa Monica - USA
  • Love Me - DRKRM Gallery - Los Angeles - USA
  • 2003 
  • Absolute Biennial - Los Angeles - USA
  • 1999
  • Group Show - Downtown Gallery - Los Angeles - USA
  • 1994
  • Kunst Aus Den USA - Galerie M - Berlin - DE
  • 1993
  • The Art Speaks for Itself VIII - DGA Building - Los Angeles - USA
  • 1991 
  • Marquardt Gallery - Venice Beach - USA
  • 1990 
  • Marquardt Gallery - Venice Beach - USA
  • 1989
  • Frailty of Power - Cypress College - Cypress - USA
  • 1988 
  • Viewpoints - The Museum of Photographic Arts - San Diego - USA
  • 1987 
  • Poetic Injury - Alternative Museum - New York - USA
  • Myth Ritual - San Francisco Camerawork Gallery - San Francisco - USA
  • Avant Garde in the Eighties - LACMA - Los Angeles - USA
  • 1986 
  • Members Juried Show - LACPS Gallery - Los Angeles - USA
  • Artist for the Homeless - Eilat Gordon Gallery - Los Angeles
  • Three Person Show - BC Space Gallery - Los Angeles
  • All California Biennial - Riverside Art Museum - Riverside - USA
  • 1985 
  • Exaggerations LACPS Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Outspeak, LACPS Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Alumni Group Show, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
  • 1981 
  • Fix-it-Up, LACE Gallery, Los Angeles

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