Rafael Villares

  • Cuban Artist ARTempoCuba Rafael Villares


    2005. Digital Print of Live Installation / edition of 10. 40 x 30 cm.
  • Cuban Artist ARTempoCuba Rafael Villares

    Paisaje itinerante (Traveling Landscape)

    2011. Pot-shaped structure, stairs, bench, grass and tree. Dimensions: Variable. Collection: National Council of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture, Cuba.
  • Cuban Artist ARTempoCuba Rafael Villares

    Study for the project Aliento (Breath)

    2008. Ink and gouache on cardboard. 80 x 60. Private Collection.

Rafael Villares's Statement

I am interested in the process and the various outcomes established by the relationship between man and his surroundings through sensory impression. I develop works that suggest the viewer to toggle one’s range of rational thoughts and spontaneous feelings. My pieces work in interdisciplinary media such as photography, installation, performance and sculpture. always seeking an active relationship with the viewer. I try to isolate one’s perception and consequently transform it to de-automate the effects produced by the senses and re-integrate them into a new whole. I think that by completing and emphasizing the nature of things around us through the power of art I can oppose fatalism, easy answers, and accepted status quo.

About Rafael Villares

Rafael Villares was born in 1989.  He received the curatorial fellowship Studio 21 from Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV) in Havana in 2009; and the Creation Fellowship Juan Francisco Elso from the Hermanos Saiz Association (AHS), Havana, Cuba in 2010. Villares participated in the Workshop SenseLab at Alanus Hochschule, Germany in 2012 and in the T.R.I.P. Workshop installation and performance at the Andes University, Colombia in 2013. His works are part of the collections of the National Council of Fine Arts, Cuba; Art On Cuba Magazine Collection, USA; Jorge Luis Cuevas Museum, Mexico; Eduardo Salazar, Colombia; Jorge Rais, Colombia; Harry Woldenberg, Mexico; Cota Cohen Collection, USA; Sandra Montenegro, USA; and other private collections in Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, USA and Germany.

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