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Bio

“I take pictures of urban scenes all over the world. These contemporary cityscapes are mixed with urban industrial life in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, by adding images of themes like old cinema, music, typography, erotica and architecture taken from posters. By uniting the then and now, I creates a contemporary picture caught on canvas. The digitally mixed print is nished by hand with paint, pen and stencils. The result is a versatile, vibrant, mixed media painting that is very recognizable as a Paco Raphael artwork.”

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BIO

Paco Raphael (The Hague, 1975) is educated at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in Communication & Multimedia Design. As a creative in advertising, he never stopped exploring ways to improve his work and its impact on the world around him. Working for big brand names like Philips, Renault, G-Star, Bol.com and MTV Networks, he evolved into a senior graphic designer. Still ambitious to explore more and better, he restated himself as artist, combining conventional art with digital media. In just 5 years as an artist, Paco Raphael accomplished worldwide exposure with Art Basel in Miami and solo shows in New York as a highlight. His work is praised by art collectors and is part of the collection of three leading galleries. Pushing his limits and the limit that separates art from design, he now puts his ambition and abilities to work as an industrial designer, uniting his artwork with products. Paco Raphael shows a new approach to all that surrounds us in life, from a painting to furniture or fashion. And we doubt he’ll stop here.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I take pictures of urban scenes all over the world. These contemporary cityscapes are mixed with urban industrial life in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, by adding images of themes like old cinema, music, typography, erotica and architecture taken from posters. By uniting the then and now, I creates a contemporary picture caught on canvas. The digitally mixed print is nished by hand with paint, pen and stencils. The result is a versatile, vibrant, mixed media painting that is very recognizable as a Paco Raphael artwork.

I love my style signature, but I treasure freedom in form. Why should art not be functional? In creating products for everyday life, I don’t stop at the print, but redesign the whole object from the core. I question the form of known objects and take them to a new level. A level where a table has legs that are an art piece in themselves, and even the construction is redesigned to t our style and quality.

Those who bring an object of Paco Raphael into their home or of ce, will literally get a piece of me. I am a multi- faceted creative, that only works with full effort. For me, there are no boundaries. I will not be limited by what is, but focusses on what can be. And then makes it happen. Starting of as a creative in advertising business, I thought better design would bene t my work. I found more creative freedom as an artist. By eliminating the line between art and design, I now bring art into our everyday lives. I will express my passion in many unexpected forms, but always in high quality.

 

EDUCATION

2013 | Fotogram Photography Academy
1998 – 2004 | Haagse Hogeschool/TH Rijswijk, Bachelor of Science

EXHIBITIONS

2017 | Scope Miami
2017 | Context Miami
2016 | Solo Exhibition Kunstcentrum Haarlem
2016 | AAF New York
2016 | AAF Singapore, Hampstead, Stockholm, Battersea, London and Amsterdam
2016 | Art Copenhagen
2015 | Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong
2015 | Exhibition Gallery Urban Art House
2015 | DDW Eindhoven
2015 | Solo Exhibition Kunsthuizen
2015 | Art Copenhagen
2015 | AAF New York, Singapore, Hampstead, Stockholm, Battersea, London, Amsterdam and Hamburg
2014 | AAF Maastricht, Hamburg, Amsterdam
2014 | Art Basel Miami
2013 | AAF Amsterdam
2013 | Art Basel Miami
2013 | Exhibition Gallery Urban Art House
2013 | DDW Eindhoven
2013 | Raw Art Fair Rotterdam
2012 | AAF Amsterdam
2012 | AAF New York
2012 | Art Basel Miami
2012 | Raw Art Fair Rotterdam
2011 | Exhibition Gallery The Hague
2011 | AAF Amsterdam
2011 | Exhibition Gallery The Hague
2011 | Solo Exhibition Amstel gallery
2011 | Kunst & Living Rotterdam
2010 | AAF Amsterdam
2010 | Exhibition Gallery The Hague
2010 | Exhibition Gallery Walls Amsterdam 2010 | Exhibition Gallery Art District Amsterdam 2010 | Exhibition Bink
2010 | Open Art Fair Utrecht

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015 | Wonenonline – online article
2015 | Interieurinspiratie – online article
2015 | Dailycappuccino – online article
2015 | wonenwonen.nl – online article
2015 | Wonenvoormannen – online article
2014 | Villa d’arte – online artcile
2014 | Excellent Magazine – article
2014 | Stylecowboys – online article
2014 | Stylecowboys – online article
2014 | Villa d’arte – online artcile
2014 | Excellent Magazine – article
2014 | Stylecowboys – online article
2014 | Nieuws.be – online article
2013 | Femmex – online article
2013 | reload Magazine – online article
2013 | Life For you – online article
2013 | elektrozine.be – online article
2013 | 100%nl Magazine – 1 page interview
2012 | Amsterdam Now – online magazine
2012 | Zubb Magazine – online article
2011 | Viva Magazine – article


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March 12, 2016 |

Retrospect Galleries | London Affordable Art Fair

Our stand at London AAF Battersea this weekend. What a great show we are having so far. We have a talented group of artists on exhibition here and are so proud of the works that we have on display! Works from Left to right by Kirsten Jackson, Carley Cornelissen, Paco Raphael, Gillie and Marc, Miertje […]