Héctor Rafael Painter and educator. Born of Puerto Rican parents in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and raised in Puerto Rico. The artist has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Painting from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and a Master of Art Education from Universidad del Turabo. In 2019 Héctor Rafael was recognized for his artistic merit with the International Prize Botticelli at the Borghese Palace in Florence, Italy. He also received the International Prize Diego Velázquez during the Barcelona Biennial at the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain and the International Prize Artist of the Year 2019 at Teatro Sociale di Mantova in Mantua, Italy. His paintings have been included in exhibitions in Puerto Rico, New York, Miami, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Istanbul (Turkey), Barcelona (Spain), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Lisbon (Portugal), Florence, Mantua and Venice (Italy). The artist’s work is part of prestigious private and public collections including Museo de Arte de Caguas, Museo de Arte Francisco Oller and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA) in Chicago.

Education:

Universidad del Turabo

Master of Art Education – Summa Cum Laude

Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Cum Laude
Major in Painting


Biennials:

2019   Mantova Biennale Internazionale d’ Arte Contemporanea, Museo Diocesano Francesco Gonzaga, Mantua, Italy

2019   Bienal Internacional de Arte de Barcelona, Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM), Barcelona, Spain

2007   Biennale Internazionale dell’ Arte Contemporanea di Firenze, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy

Awards:

2019   International Prize Artist of the Year 2019, Teatro Sociale di Mantova, Mantua, Italy

2019   International Prize Diego Velázquez, Bienal de Arte de Barcelona, Gomis Palace, Barcelona, Spain

2019   International Prize Botticelli, Borghese Palace, Florence, Italy

1993   Carnation Scholarship Award, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Solo Exhibitions:

2019   Transmutación Colectiva, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago, Illinois

2017   Ser, Galería Cidreña, Cidra, Puerto Rico

2016   Biomórfico, Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2013    Horizontes y fragmentos, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010    Transfigurado, Galería Yemayá, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2009    El Gigante, Galería Yemayá, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007    Cuadriculado, Galería Pintadera, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006    Revelaciones, Galería Pintadera, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005  Latente, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2004  Latente, A. Cueto Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003    Atletas Cósmicos, RoKa Espacio, Santurce, Puerto Rico

1998   Expirito, Private Affairs, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

1997   8, De la Cruz & Assoc., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

1995     Mi Venida, Alo Bistro, San Juan,  Puerto Rico

Group Exhibitions:

2019 Segnalati, Meeting Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

2019 Polifonía, Quinta Dominica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2019 Quinto Aniversario, Galería Cidreña, Cidra, Puerto Rico

2018 -2019 Encuentros, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2018 Presencia, Canvas Miami Gallery, Miami, Florida

2018 Bodies, Surfaces International Art and Architecture Festival, Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy

2017 Perspectiva de Género: exposición de hombres artistas, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2017 Rican Renaissance Art & Culture Festival, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois

2016 Future Landscapes, Borders International Art and Architecture Festival, Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy

2010-2016 Diasporarte, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2015 Muestra Nacional de Artes, Museo Casa Blanca, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2015 Al Ras del Filo, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2015 Agua, Espacio Emergente, Bayamón, Puerto Rico

2015 Conceptos Irreveretes, Museo Casa Escuté, Carolina, Puerto Rico

2015 Ecléctica, Espacio Emergente, Bayamón, Puerto Rico

2014 Oink!, Sala Miguel A. Domenech, Edificio La Princesa, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

2014 Jazz: lente y canvas, Museo Casa Zapater, Ponce, Puerto Rico

2013-2014 Retro, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2013 Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected, Georgia College Museum, Milledgeville, GA

2012 Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected, Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC), Chicago, IL

2012 De lo abstracto a lo figurativo, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2011 Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected, Abrazo Interno Gallery, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, New York, NY

2011 Del tapiz al placemat: Riquezas del arte contemporáneo, Comisión Estatal de Elecciones de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2011 Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

2011 Embarcadero… punto de llegada…punto de partida, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2011 Los platos de la última cena, Comisión Estatal de Elecciones de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010 Aroma del color, Pamil Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010 XI Salón de Mayo, Museum of the Americas, Doral, Florida

2009-2010 12 x 12, Galería Yemayá, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2009 Carlos Osorio y el Valle Criollo, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2008 International Caribbean Art Fair, The Waterfront, Chelsea Art District, New York, NY

2008 Istanbul International Paintings Exhibition: Instants, Dolmabahce Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

2008 Ciclos, two person exhibition, Galería Yemayá, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008 Exposición Reyes Veray, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008 Salitre, Galería Yemayá, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008 Terruño y el paraíso perdido, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, PR

2007 Terruño y el paraíso perdido, Museo de Las Américas, San Juan, PR

2007 Apertura del Distrito de las Artes, Galería Pintadera, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006 Medios, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2006 Arte emergente del Valle del Turabo, Antigua Casa Alcaldía, Gurabo, Puerto Rico

2005-2006 Pequeño formato, Galería Pintadera, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005 Arte en el Coliseo, Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005 Merrill Lynch Art Week, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003-2004 Colectiva Navideña, A. Cueto Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997-2002 Christie’s Annual Staff Exhibition, Christie’s, New York

1997 Naked Landscapes, Spazi Contemporary Art Gallery, Housatonic, Massachusetts

1995 Polimorfo, two person exhibition, Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse University

Auctions:

2018   Elton John Aids Foundation Benefit Silent Auction, Los Angeles, California

2008   Somos Reflejo , Benefit Auction – Miguel Cotto’s El Ángel Foundation, Hotel La Concha, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001   A Few of My Favorite Things, Benefit Auction – Free Arts for the Abused Children, Sotheby’s, New York

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