Rafael Pérez Evans. Spanish – Welsh (b. Málaga 1983)
Lives and works in Málaga & London. He received a BA & an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College.
His work has been exhibited internationally with solo-exhibitions at Nogueras Blanchard Gallery, Barcelona (2017), Abierto Theredoom Gallery, Madrid (2017). Two-person exhibitions at Despina, Rio de Janeiro (2015) and Yusto Giner Gallery (2013). Group exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (2019), South London Gallery (2019), Museum of Modern Art Karlsruhe (2019), Leeds Art Gallery (2019), Saatchi Gallery (2020), C3A Museum, Spain (2020) & Matadero, Madrid (2018). He is the recipient of the Henry Moore Institute & Leeds Beckett Scholarship (2019), Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2019), Chelsea Arts Club Trust Scholarship (2018), ‘A Secas’ Award C.A.A.C Museum, Spain (2017) as well as being nominated for the DKV Prize, Spain (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’s artworks are usually associated with questions around sculpture, rurality, the urban and conditions of the South. He reconfigures readymades, live materials and gestures into installations that attempt to address a central concern in his diverse production: rural shame, its anger and hope. Oscillating between forms and borrowed gestures which are often bare, futile, humorous and crude he explores paradoxes in historical, social and political themes that disorientate a compass of western progress.