Rafael Villares

Rafael Villares
March 2, 2015 ARTempo
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Rafael Villares

Artist'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.

Awards

2013: T.R.I.P. Workshop installation and performance, Andes University, Colombia

2012: Workshop SenseLab, Alanus Hoshshoule, Germany

2010: Creation Fellowship Juan Francisco Elso, Hermanos Saiz Association (AHS), Havana, Cuba

2009: Scholarship Contest Studio 21 Development Center (CDAV) Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba

Collections

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