Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty and Staff Directory

Rafael E. Vera, M.F.A.

Title/s:  Advanced Lecturer of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Drawing and Painting, Co-Director of the Ralph Arnold Gallery

Office #:  Mundelein 918A

Phone: 773.508.8287


External Webpage: http://rafaelevera.com/home.html


Rafael E. Vera was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and presently lives with his wife and two kids in the city of Chicago. 

He received his BFA and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was a recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship Award and the George L. and Roman Siegel Fellowship Award. In 2013, he received the 3Arts Ragdale Residency Fellowship.  Before becoming a full time lecturer in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Loyola University Chicago, he taught for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University.  Vera has been teaching undergraduate students since 2005. 

Recent exhibitions and publications include New American Paintings, issue 107; Transient Visitant (with marimba, clarinets, body and chair) in collaboration with composer Victor Marquez-Barrios, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO; the LA Art Show 2016, Los Angeles, CA; Present Standard, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; Mutual Dealings, Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago; The Moments Between: New Work by Rafael E. Vera, Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Chicago; and the 23rd Evanston and Vicinity Biennial, where he received the 2017 Exhibition Award.


M.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2002

B.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000