Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Rafael E. Vera, M.F.A.

Title/s:  Senior Lecturer of Fine Arts in Drawing, Painting & Printmaking

Office #:  MUND 917

Phone: 773.508.8287

Email: rvera@luc.edu

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 Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, and the Director of the Fine Arts Department 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, curatorial projects 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 2018, Los Angeles, CA; Good News and Bad News, co-curated with Betsy Odom, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Chicago; 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+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