Rafael E. Vera, M.F.A.
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, 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; The Moments Between: New Work by Rafael E. Vera, Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Chicago, IL – curated by Jessica Cochran, Chicago, IL; Pillow Talk: New Sculptures by Rafael E. Vera, Seerveld Gallery, Palos Heights, IL; Nothing Concrete, Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago; Voids, The Franklin, Chicago; 21st Evanston and Vicinity Biennial, Evanston, IL; On Making Things Matter: Strategies for Preservation, SHOP, Chicago; Double Tangent, Cara and Cabezas, Kansas City, MO – in collaboration with Mara Baker.
His work is commonly installation-based as well as two and three-dimensional and oftentimes collaborative. His latest drawings and sculptures, directly based on his own house, search for those in-between spaces where void and the dividing line interact and coexist. They reference a limbo space that investigates his constant interest for the transition.
M.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2002
B.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000