Rafael Domenech was born in 1989 in Havana, Cuba. In 2009, he graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro.”

Having grown up and been educated in a socialist system, an interest for architectural spaces and public propaganda naturally defined the foundation for Domenech’s early work. Rafael worked for a year as an assistant at a planning office in a section that dealt with political propaganda. During this time in Cuba, he was included in different shows at the Wifredo Lam Centre for Contemporary Art, the Havana Biennale and the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales.

 

In 2010, Domenech arrived in the United States, and a year after enrolled in the New World School of the Arts, graduating in the 2015. This transition and process of geographical relocation and cultural integration was transformational, quickly broadening the influences and interests of the artist. As one, Rafael concerns squarely study the sensitivity of perception and the changes brought forth within a context of time and the physicality of elements.

 

These spatial relationships and concerns began as a rebellion to the artist’s own history and earlier artistic practice: the compulsion of having a story to tell was replaced by more personal and fundamental considerations and theories. Supplanting these early notions was a commitment to an essential interaction and integration of work, viewer, and space to form an absolute, overall experience. Domenech’s work is then perceived complete only when it assimilates itself into a specific context, accepting surroundings rather than refusing or fighting them.

 

Domenech’s work has recently been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Artium Museum in Vitoria, Spain; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; the Rockefeller Foundation, New York; The Mordes Collection, Palm Beach. In 2015, Rafael was the recipient of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship and the Cintas Fellowship.

 

Education

 

2015   BFA New World School of the Arts

2009   BA National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2016

Pleiades, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Flroida

Micro, Macro, and the Cosmos, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, Florida

2014    

Time/Memory/Context, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, Florida

2013   

Symplectic Structures, Artseen NWSA, Miami, Florida

2010   

Middle Ground, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida

Last Image of a city, Casa-Museo Oswaldo Guayasamin Museum, Havana, Cuba

2009

The Wall, Collateral to 10th Havana Biennial, National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba

Canalización-GAS, Cascarilla Gallery, National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2017

Between the Real and the Imagined, Coral Gables Museum, Miami, Florida

2016   

Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art (Collaborative work with Maria Martinez-Cañas), Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida

Re-produce, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano, Florida

Iconocracia, CAMM, Gran Canarias, Spain

Collaboration with Ernesto Oroza, Makers Fair, Miami, Florida

2015

100 + Degrees in the Shade, Red bridge Studios, Miami, Florida

Cintas Fellowship Award Exhibition, Freedom Tower, Miami, Florida

Libros sin dominio, 12 Havana Biennial, Fayad Jamis Bookstore, Havana, Cuba

NWSA BFA Exhibition, Center for Visual Communication, Miami, Florida

Iconocracia, Artium Museum, Vitoria – Gasteiz, Spain

Seinfeld, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, Florida

2014

Beyond the Supersquare, Bronx Museum, New York

Altarations: Built, Blended, Processed, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

Romance, Under the Bridge, Miami, Florida

2013

Rising Stars, New World School of the Arts Gallery, Miami, Florida

Behind the wall, The 8th floor gallery, New York, New York

2012

Detras del Muro/ Behind the wall (11th Havana Biennial), Havana City Cuba

Escapando con el paisaje (11th Havana Biennial), Provincial Center of Visual Art and Design Luz y Oficio, Havana City, Cuba

Rising stars, New World School of the Arts Gallery, Miami, Florida

League for Innovation, Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, Miami, Flroida

2011   

Other Stories-Collective Show of the Project Cascarilla, Provincial Center of Visual Art and Design Luz y Oficio, Havana, Cuba

Ya see leer, Contemporary Art Center Wilfredo Lam, Havana, Cuba

Sound Senses, 18 Rabbit Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2010

Video projection, The Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, Florida

2009

Ars Latina, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba

2008

Proyeccion Maraton, Cascarilla Gallery, National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba

La escultura es algo más que tridimensionalidad, Cascarilla Gallery, National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba

 

 

Awards

 

2016   

Swing space project, MDC Museum of Arts and Design

2015  

Cintas Fellowship Award

Tulsa Artist Fellowship

 

Residencies 

 

2017

Vermont Studio Center (March)

2016

Residencia Corazón, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, Argentina