In my work as in life, I look not only at what is naturally perceived, but also for the hidden relationships within the cacophony of experience. My concepts and ideas are generated by these interactions, both attractions and repulsions. Sometimes, my creativity navigates among playful thinking, humor, remembrance, or gratitude. At other times it flows from social and political discomfort, disenchantment, or militant passion about current events. The results work themselves out towards some kind of hybrid response, an artistic resolution.
I follow conscious and unconscious paths until the journey seems to be complete or ceases to demand my attention. I pursue the intrinsically organic development of each work. I let the sensory documentation left by a given process on a surface define, lead, or modify the outcome. I view the resulting artwork, if successful, as a plane/space (both mental and physical) where the seamless merging of the thinking and the making has occurred.
I believe the artist’s function in society is to act as an agent of change, revealing the unseen and making uncommon the common. Art proposes new ways of activating what is stagnant, helps us perceive anew the mundane and unearth the timeless.
Art for me has a transformative power, a delicate volatility that triggers our craving for a deeper perceptual level. I find art making an endless mystery, a choice and a calling.
Artist Bio / CV
Rafael Perea de la Cabada, an award-winning artist, was born in Mexico City and has lived in Santa Barbara, CA since 1987.
Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in Mexico City and went on to earn his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has exhibited at many galleries and museums in Southern California including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Forum, The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and the Hunsaker-Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica. He has also shown in New York, Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Oregon, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Croatia, Spain and Germany.
His work is included in numerous public and private collections in Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany and the United States.
Rafael currently teaches Advanced Painting and Drawing in the Fine Arts Department at Santa Barbara City College and has served as a Master Artist for mentorship programs, master classes, and mural projects for both the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and The Arts Fund.