Rafael Perea de la Cabada
“Birds on a Wire” “Pajaros en el Alambre”
Charcoal Drawing, 30×22″, 2018
Rafael Perea de la Cabada is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is steeped in the artist’s rich cultural heritage. The artist describes himself as a visual poet, offering a powerful dialog that resonates with the plight of humanity. His intuitive approach draws from his personal experience, incorporating deep narratives layered in symbolism. Concepts range the gamut of human experience, from humorous and playful to social and political discourse. Perea states, “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.” Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in his native Mexico City before earning his M.F.A. from UCSB. His broad range of expression includes painting, printmaking, mixed media, installation, public art and sculpture. With a foundation in Mexican modernism, he pursues his work as “a seamless merging of the mental/emotional intent, [where] the physical process and craft converge.” He shares his vast knowledge as a professor of drawing and painting at Santa Barbara City College. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in numerous prestigious public and private collections.
Perea’s documentation took place in 2019 and was sponsored by Jim & Mary Galbraith. The AfterGLOW was hosted by Vita Art Center and The Old Broads Catering Company.
The Focus On The Masters archive has extensive information about this artist.