Rafael Pérez Evans (b. 1983) is a Spanish-Welsh artist, living and working in London. He received an MFA and a BFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently reading for a PhD in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.
Pérez Evans’s installations, sculptures and paintings aim towards gravity and bluntness. His work grafts together tactics of queer and agricultural dissent. Pérez Evans repurposes readymades from agricultural and industrial origins, foodstuffs and untamed gestures taken from protests to unite these material and political histories. Drawing attention to the relationship between queer and agricultural surplus, he creates works both vengeful and fragile, which complicate our understanding of a collapsing material and social world. The materials he works with are often unstable, mirroring the degraded lands, voices and bodies that have been turned to surplus.
His work has been exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions including Dust Bathers at Queer Circle, UK (2023); Insulin at No Show Space, UK (2022); Handful at The Henry Moore Institute, UK (2021); Pavo Realengo at Nogueras Blanchard Gallery, Barcelona (2017); and Pararrayo at Abierto Theredoom Gallery, Madrid (2017). Two-person and group exhibitions include Unpacking, Wheels at The Royal Academy, South London Gallery and Leeds Art Gallery, UK (2019-2022); Pica at TEA Museum, Spain (2022); Thief, Invigilate at C3A Museum, Spain (2020); Salvation at Saatchi Gallery (2020); The Devil’s Bird – Ornithomancy at Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (2019); L’Dounne – Divination at Matadero, Madrid (2018); and Queima at Despina, Rio de Janeiro (2015).
Recent artist talks include Goldsmiths MFA, London ; Henry Moore Institute, Leeds ; Museum of Making, Derby & Leeds University. Recent visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Sculpture MA, London ; Central Saint Martins, London ; A.A School Architectural Association School of Architecture in London & Leeds Beckett University.
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