Rafael Pérez Evans, Spanish – Welsh (b. Málaga 1983) lives and works in London & Spain. He received an MFA and BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, currently reading for an Art Practice PhD at the University of Oxford, kindly supported by the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Award, University of Oxford (2022-2026).
His work has been exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions including Handful at The Henry Moore Institute, UK (2021), Pavo Realengo at Nogueras Blanchard Gallery, Barcelona (2017); Pararrayo at Abierto Theredoom Gallery, Madrid (2017). Two-person & group exhibitions include Unpacking, Wheels at The Royal Academy, South London Gallery & 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) & Queima at Despina, Rio de Janeiro (2015).
Pérez Evans’s artworks generate and inhabit questions about sculpture, rurality, the urban and conditions of the South. Oscillating between bare, futile and humorous forms he reconfigures readymades, live materials and untamed gestures taken from protests to create sites of paradox and disorientation. Evans’s installations, sculptures and images propose a reigniting of the shame, anger and hope found in many queer and rural communities.
As an educator Pérez Evans is interested in expanded pedagogies where formal and informal platforms for knowledge exchange are created and disseminated, he is part of PLATA: Future Agro-Thinking Collective in Córdoba (Spain), he created Alto Residency in the jungle of Alto Paraiso (Brazil), was co-founder of Romita 26 Studios (Mexico City) and was part of the Gazua Curatorial Project (Rio de Janeiro). In the UK he is a visiting & Associate lecturer, Evans has taught at places including Central Saint Martins (UK), Leeds Beckett (UK), Nottingham Trent University (UK), University of Rochester (UK) and London College of Fashion (UK).