Rafael Pérez Evans, Spanish – Welsh (b. Málaga 1983) lives and works in London & Spain. He received both an MFA & a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in London. 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: Thief, Invigilate at C3A Museum, Spain (2020) ; Salvation at Saatchi Gallery (2020) ; Unpacking, Wheels at South London Gallery & Leeds Art Gallery, UK (2019); 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 are usually associated with questions around sculpture, rurality, the urban and conditions of the South. Oscillating between bare, futile and humorous forms he reconfigures readymades, live materials and gestures into places of paradox and disorientation. Evans looks into shame in queer and rural communities, drawing out evocative installations which are often charged with anger and hope.
As an educator Pérez Evans is interested 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 Romita 26 Studios (Mexico City) and was part of the Gazua Curatorial Project (Rio de Janeiro). In the UK 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).