Rafael Espitia

Colombia 1967

Painting

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Rafael Espitia
Rafael Espitia
Male
Colombia
1967
November 8, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Rafael Espitia is a renowned Columbian contemporary artist who has spent last thirty years honing his unique style of colorful surrealism. His art ranges from cartoonish pop-art and black and white images of celebrities to bikini models painted in some mythical, cosmic atmospheres.

Victoria’s Dreams by Rafael Espitia

Rafael Espitia - Untitled 1 - Victoria s Dreams serie / Untitled 2 - Victoria s Dreams serie
Rafael Espitia – Untitled 1 – Victoria’s Dreams serie / Untitled 2 – Victoria’s Dreams serie

Some of his famous pieces include stunning portraits of Freddy Mercury, Michael Jckson, and Elton John set against an abstract background. The works, at first glance, look like a glorious colorful mess with no central focus, but after careful observation, one can make out the portraits of these famous singers. This and many other artworks by Espitia can also be viewed through 3D glasses, making them pop out at viewer for some futuristic affect.

The portraits are part of Espitia’s series titled Crash, made from a great variety of recycled materials including toys, books, CDs and video films. Working off two studios, one in Miami and the other in Colombia, the artist collaborate with eleven recycling boys who help him get materials and also get to help out with his work.

Portraits by Espitia

Rafael Espitia - Elvis Presley (Left) / Roy Charles (Right)
Rafael Espitia – Elvis Presley (Left) / Roy Charles (Right)

Born in 1967 in Cartagena, a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the artist began his career at an early age during the late 60’s and 70’s. At age 17 he was already studying at the Art Students League of New York. Additionally, he studied art and history of arts in Bogotá and Madrid, receiving many awards and recognition.

Rafael Espitia has exhibited his work in shows and art festival, museums and galleries like Espitia Gallery, Miami; Museo Naval del Caribe, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; Galería Banco Ganadero, Cartagena; Avant Gallery, Miami Beach; Museum Casa Grau, Bogota; JMC Gallery, New York; Flamingo Road Gallery, Bogota D.C.; Galería Velázquez, Cartagena; Galería Skandia, Bogotá D.C.; Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena; Centro Cultural Casa de Vacas, Madrid; Centro de Convenciones, Cartagena; and Gallerie d’Art, Bogota, among others.

He is the owner of Espitia Gallery located in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.

Rafael Espitia is represented by Artemisia Gallery in New York.

Tropical Series by Espitia

Rafael Espitia - Untitled 1 - Tropical serie (Left) / Untitled 1 - Tropical serie (Right)
Rafael Espitia – Untitled 1 – Tropical serie (Left) / Untitled 1 – Tropical serie (Right)

Espitia divide his time between Miami, Florida and Cartagena, Colombia.

Images Courtesy of Artemisia Gallery and the Artist
Portrait Photo © Pedraza Producciones

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015EpicEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2015Lollipop Pop ArtArtemisia Gallery, New York, USA
2015Unbroken Show, Gallery Nigth Espitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2015Arthamtons Fair 2015New York, USA
2015MotionEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2015Whispers Show, Wynwood Artwalk & Gallery NightMiami, FL, USA
2015Trough The Lens Art ExhbitionArtemisia Gallery, New York, USA
2015Mirage ShowEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2015Celebrities & VanitiesArtemisia Gallery, New York, USA
2015Possession Art ExhibitionWynwood Art District, USA
2015Fortune Show, Gallery NightEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2015Art Exhibition UltimatunWynwood Art District, USA
2015Thankful Show, Wynwood Gallery NightEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014Art Basel WeekEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014Gallery Night Espitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014Charming, Wynwood Art WalkEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014BloomEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014ConcinnityEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014Mystique ShowEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014PangeaEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014Sepia Show, Gallery Night & Wynwood ArtwalkEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014AntonomasiaEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014Harmony, Wynwood Artwalk & Gallery NightEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014Art Wynwood Fair 2014, Life, Art Installation BooksElite Fine Art Galleries, Miami, USA
2014Presents, Gallery NightEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2014BeautifulEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2013Art Basel Week, CrashEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2013Miracle, Gallery Night & Wynwood ArtwalkEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2013EarthEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Art District, Miami, USA
2013ApproachEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2013A GlanceEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2013Gold LeafEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2013AzulMuseo Naval Del Caribe, Cartagena De Indias, Colombia
2013NymphsEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2013Victoria'S DreamsEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2013The Three GracesEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2013Bienal Del Sur En Panama 2013, Emplazando MundosLuz Botero Fine Art, Panama City, Panama
2012Once Group ShowEspitia Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2012Art Basel Miami 2012Once Arts Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, USA
2012UnknownAvant Gallery, Miami Beach, USA
2012UnknownOnce Arts Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, USA
2012Vivid Arts, Earth VorticesCastello Estense, Ferrara, Italy
2012UnknownOnce Arts Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, USA
2012Art Naples 2012 Contemporary Art FairAvant Gallery, Naples, USA,
2012Arteamericas 2012Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, USA
2011A 23 Artist Tribute To Maestro Enrique GrauMuseum Casa Grau, Bogota, Colombia
2011Amalgamate IntentionsMosa House, Wynwood, Miami, USA
2011GatheringCristina Chacon Gallery, Miami, USA
2011AquaCristina Chacon Gallery, Miami, USA
2011EntelequiaArea 23 Art Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, USA
2011TransmutationArea 23 Art Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, USA
2011PresentArea 23 Art Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, USA
2010Art Basel Miami 2010Wynwood, Miami, USA,
2010Group ShowPaul Cabezas Gallery, Casa San Agustín Cartagena, Colombia
2010RedArea 23 Art Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, USA
2010This Is ColombiaCristina Chacon Gallery, Coconut Grove, USA
2010Eros & ThanatosArea 23 Art Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, USA
2010BeginningArea 23 Art Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, USA
2010BlendedCristina Chacon Gallery, Miami, USA