Rafael Pérez Evans. Spanish – Welsh (b. Málaga 1983)
Lives and works in Málaga & London. He received a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University. His work has been exhibited internationally with recent solo-exhibitions at Nogueras Blanchard (Barcelona), Queens Collective (Marrakesh) & Abierto Theredoom Gallery (Madrid), two person exhibitions at Despina (Rio de Janeiro) and Yusto Giner Gallery (Spain), group exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (Taiwan), South London Gallery (UK), Museum of Modern Art Karlsruhe (Germany), Leeds Art Gallery (UK), C3A (Spain), & Matadero (Madrid). He is recipient of the Henry Moore Institute & Leeds Beckett Scholarship 2019 (UK), Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 (UK), Chelsea Arts Club Trust Scholarship 2019 (UK), ‘A Secas’ Award C.A.A.C Museum 2017 (Spain), as well as being nominated for the DKV Prize 2018 (Spain) and the Miquel Casablancas Award (2017 & 2018). He has completed residencies in C3A (Córdoba), Hangar (Barcelona), Matadero (Madrid), Red Studios (São Paulo) & Sassafrass (USA). Rafael also has an interest in expanded pedagogies where formal and informal platforms for knowledge exchange are created and disseminated, he created Alto Residency in the jungle of Alto Paraiso (Brazil), was co-founder of Art Lab Romita 26 (Mexico City) and is part of the Gazua Project (Rio de Janeiro). He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins (UK), Leeds Beckett (UK), Nottingham Trent University (UK), University of Rochester (UK) and London College of Fashion (UK).
Pérez Evans installations function as tools for exploring questions around knowledge systems, ethnographies and ideas around progress. Through his inventive use of readymades, live materials and audience participation, Evans plays with the language of magic to conjure, redigest and expel stories back into news circulation. With this occupying a territory where poetic disorientations, can reflect us back ideas around the leftovers of coloniality, future rurality, and the forces of alterity.