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Rafael Perea de la Cabada

Drawing and Painting


Meet Professor Perea de la Cabada

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, 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 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.  He currently completed a Public Art Commission with designer Richard Irvine (IrvineCabada ArtDesign) on the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project for the City of Santa Barbara.


Education

1987-89           M.F.A., University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
1980-85

National School of Painting, Sculpture, and Printmaking, La Esmeralda, Mexico City, Mexico

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013        

Kunst (Art) and Film: Up to Date Art Exhibition; International Contemporary Art:
RAFAEL PEREA DE LA CABADA, 
Korschenbroich–Liedberg, Germany

2012 Alien Heartland, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
  VitrumGloss, The Project Fine Art Zone, Santa Barbra, California
2011 Spaces We Touch/Espacios Que Tocamos, Architectural Foundation Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
  Surface and Silence, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, Oregon
2008 Faces & Facets, Recent Work: Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Perspectives Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  State of the Art Gallery 2008 Exhibition, Public Art Installation in collaboration with artist Matthew Woodford, Santa Barbara, California
  Thank You for Calling: Personal Notations and Drawings, Art Resources, Santa Barbara, CA
2007            

Recent Work, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Studio Three East, Santa Barbara, California

 

Drawings, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Puccinelli Gallery at Gutenberg College, Eugene, Oregon

 

Obra Reciente, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, The Loft Galeria, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

2006 

State of the Art Gallery 2006, Sculpture, Santa Barbara, California

2005

Accessibility 2005 “Transplanted” Latino Artists in the USA, 7th Annual Exhibition of Installation Art , Sumter, South Carolina

2004 

The Drawing Room: A Visual Dialogue, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California

2000

Las Batallas Contra El Olvido, Museum Casa de la Guerra, Santa Barbara, California

1999  

Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Recent Works, KAZU, Up to Date Art and Performance Space, Pacific Grove, California

 

The Drawing Room, KAZU, Up to Date Art and Performance Space, Pacific Grove, California

1998

Works on Paper, Galerie Kayaman, Dusseldorf, Germany

 

U opasnosti prostora, HDLU Poikat Doma, Zagreb, Croatia

 

Endangered Spaces, Manne Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1994

La Logica de lo Invisible, Ro Snell Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1993

Solace of Trees, Installation/Dance/Poetry Performance, Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara, California

1992

IAP Visual Art Painting Award, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and County, Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, California

 

Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Mexican-Japanese Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Private Mythology, Agora Cultural Center, State of Mexico, Mexico

1991    

Intelligent Intuition,  Frances Puccinelli Gallery, Carpinteria, California

1990

Paintings - Works on Paper, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California

1986

Paintings, Prints and Mixed Medium, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico

1984  

Configurations, Jose Clemente Orozco Gallery, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico

1982

Rafael Perea de la Cabada, General Offices of Bachilleres School, Mexico City, Mexico

 

The Internal Art, Museum Gallery of Tlatilco, Naucalpan, State of Mexico, Mexico

1981

Allegory of the Fine Arts (Mural), Bachilleres School, State of Mexico, Mexico

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Selected Group Exhibitions 

2013           100 Grand, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
  My Dog is my Home, The Experience of Human-Animal Homelessness
  National Museum of Animals & Society, Los Angeles, California
  Just between us, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
 

An Even Dozen, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2012

100 Grand, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

 

Original/Multiple, following the red thread, Elverhoj Museum, Solvang, California

  Figure Fragments, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
 

Three’s a Crowd, Minimal Expression in a Maximal World, AFS Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

 

Funk Zone Charrette Exhibition, A Community Project, Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California 

2011 

View from Here: Works by Santa Barbara Artists in the Permanent Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

 

5×5 Invitational, Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

 

Few Chosen by Many: A Berkus Selection, The Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2010 

100 Grand, Sullivan Goss an American Gallery, Santa Barbara, California 

 

Reflections and Projections: 20 Years of the Individual Artist Awards, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2009  "Zero in Space: Past, Present and Future", Vita Art Center, Ventura, California
  N e i g h b o r s: 17 Santa Barbara Artists in Ventura, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California 
 

The Storefront Gallery Project, State Street, Santa Barbara, California 

 

So. Cal. Exhibition, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California

2008 

Selections from the Imagery Estate Winery Permanent Collection, Carnegie Art museum, Oxnard, California. 

 

EDGE, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Santa Barbara’s 2nd Biennial OFF AXIS, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

 

Twelve Hands, Studio 3 East, Santa Barbara, California 

 

Faculty Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

 

Paper Cut, AFS Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

 

New Work; Santa Barbara Printmakers, Studio Three East, Santa Barbara, California

2007

Continuing the Latino Tradition, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, California 

 

The Barry Berkus and Family Collection, University Art Gallery, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

 

Works on Paper from the Barry Berkus Family Collection, Betteravia Gallery, Betteravia Government Center, Santa Maria, California 

2006 

Espacio Central/Central Space, site-specific Installation, Off-Axis Contemporary Art festival, Santa Barbara, California 

 

State of the Art Gallery 2006, Sculpture, Santa Barbara, California

 

Faculty Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

 

Picture Stories: The Art of Europe and the Americas, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California 

 

Recent work, Studio 3 East, Santa Barbara, California 

 

The Barry Berkus and Family Art Collection, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

 

Dialogue, 1-5 Gallery (at the brewery), Los Angeles, California

2005 

Art Donors Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2004

Art of the Americas: Latin America and the United States, 1800 to Now!, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California 

2003 

Siqueiros Plus! Great Works From The Collection of Latin American Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California 

2002 

15th IAA Retrospective, The Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California 

 

FORUMulations, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California 

 

New Abstractions, Monlleo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

 

Art of Devotion, Westmont College, Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara, California 

2001 

A Celebration of Solutions Benefiting Direct Relief International, Living Green Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2000 

From Azaceta to Zuniga: 20th Century Latin American Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

 

CAF Print In, Santa Barbara Millennium Printmaking Project, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California  

1999 

New Works: Recent Acquisitions of 20th-Century Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California 

1998 

Works on Paper, Gail Harvey Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California 

1996 

Point / Counterpoint:  Two Views of 20th Century Latin American Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

 

Drawn from LA, Armory Center for the Arts and the Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California

 

Still Life, Still Here, Hunsaker Schlesinger, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California 

1995

Beyond 15 Minutes, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, Washington 

1994 

Cheekwood National, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee 

 

1994 International Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California 

 

On Site at the Gate '94, AGCC, Gate Gallery, San Pedro, California

 

Charity, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California

 

Retrospective: Awards in the Visual Arts, Museum Art Center, Santa Maria, California; Elverhoj Museum, Solvang, California; Ro Snell Gallery, Santa Barbara, California 

1993 

1993 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition - Painting, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, California 

 

Great Dates, Exhibition and Auction of Artwork Selected by Guest Curators, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California 

 

The Tenth San Juan, Latin American and Caribbean Printmaking Biennial, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

1992 

Fifth National Biennial - Diego Rivera - Drawing / Printmaking, Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato and Palace of Fine Arts, INBA, Mexico 

 

Sueños from California, University of Texas El Paso, El Paso, Texas 

 

Painterly Gesture, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California

1991

The Rite of Spring, Mexican-Japanese Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico 

 

11th National Encounter of Young Art,  Aguascalientes Cultural Center Aguascalientes and Carrillo Gil Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico 

 

Nine Artists, College of Creative Studies, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California

1989 

11th Annual Arts Festival Exhibition, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California

 

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, University Art Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California 

1988 

New Voices from Mexico, Scott Alan Gallery, New York, New York 

 

The Sixth Iberamerican Biennial, National Palace of Fine Arts Museum, Cultural Institute Domeq, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico

 

National Salon of Fine Arts Annual Selection of Painting, National Auditorium Gallery, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

1987 

National Salon of Fine Arts Annual Selection of Painting, National Auditorium Gallery, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Generation of the Sixties (Traveling Exhibition), Queretaro, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

 

Without Apparent Motives III, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, CREA, SEP, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

 

Prize of the Young Stamp, Casa de las Americas, Gallery Haydee Santa Maria, La Habana, Cuba

1986 

National Salon of Fine Arts Annual Selection of Drawing, National Auditorium Gallery, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

 

The Seventh San Juan, Latin American and Caribbean Printmaking Biennial, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico 

 

Without Apparent Motives II, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, CREA, SEP, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

1985 

The Fourth International Mini-Prints Exhibition, Cadaques 1984, Fort Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 

 

National Salon of Fine Arts Annual Selection of Painting, National Auditorium Gallery, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

 

National Salon of Fine Arts Biennial Selection of Printmaking, National Auditorium Gallery, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

 

he Fifth National Encounter of Young Art Aguascalientes Cultural Center, Aguascalientes and National Palace of Fine Arts, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico

1984 

The First La Habana Biennial, Cuban Pavilion, National Museum, Wilfredo Lam Center, La Habana, Cuba 

 

The Fourth National Encounter of Young Art, Aguascalientes Cultural Center and National Auditorium Gallery, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico

1983 

The Third National Encounter of Young Art, Aguascalientes Cultural Center and National Palace of Fine Arts Museum, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico

 

National Salon of Fine Arts Annual Selection of Painting, National Palace of Fine Arts Museum, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

 

National Salon of Fine Arts Biennial Selection of Printmaking, National Auditorium Gallery, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

1980 

Young Painters of Naucalpan and the Federal District, Museum Gallery of Tlatilco, State of Mexico, Mexico 


Public Collections

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Santa Barbara, California
Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, California
Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia
Museo Carrillo Gil Mexico City, Mexico
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña San Juan de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Private Collections

Included in numerous private collections in Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany and the USA.


Grants and Awards 

2011

Annual Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards, Hugh Petersen Award for Art in Public Places,
West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project

 

            Richard Irvine & Rafael Perea de la Cabada (IrvineCabada ArtDesign), Santa Barbara, California

2009-2010           

West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project, Public Art Commission

 

            Richard Irvine & Rafael Perea de la Cabada (IrvineCabada ArtDesign)

 

            The City of Santa Barbara Redevelopment Agency (RDA) in conjunction with the City of Santa

              Barbara Arts Advisory Committee and Visual Art in Public Places Committee (VAPP), Santa Barbara, California
2007  Grant William T. Colville Foundation, Santa Barbara, California
 

Nominated for the Second Annual Eduardo Carrillo Prize in Painting 

             The San Jose Museum of Art and Museo Eduardo Carrillo, San Jose, California 
  Santa Barbara Child and Family Service Building Project, Public Art Commission 
               Richard Irvine & Rafael Perea de la Cabada, (IrvineCabada ArtDesign) Santa Barbara, California
2006-2007  Community Events & Festivals Grant Program 
               Espacio Central/Central Space, site specific Installations for Off-Axis Contemporary Arts Festival

             Santa Barbara, California 

2002-2001  Community Arts Grant Program 
               Public art element for North Milpas Street, City of Santa Barbara, California 
2002  Grant Program 
            Westmont College, Calvin Institute and Lilly Endowment Inc.

          Grand Rapids, Michigan 

1998    Artist in Residence Program 
            Santa Barbara Foundation/ Irvine Foundation and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California 
1994  IAP Visual Art Painting Award 
             Santa Barbara County Art Commission and the Santa Barbara Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, California 
1986  National Youth Award (Painting) and Mention of Excellence (Maestro Jesus Reyes Heroles) 
             CREA, SEP, Mexico City, Mexico 
1995  Honorable Mention, National Salon of Fine Arts, Biennial Selection of Printmaking 
             National Auditorium Gallery, INBA, Mexico City, Mexico 

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Professional Activities 

2013 - 1993        

Adjunct FacultyArt Department, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California

2012 - 2007 

Arts Mentorship Program, Santa Barbara Arts Fund, California 

2012  

Judge, Portraits of Addiction and Hope, Safe Launch, portrays perspectives of Santa Barbara County youth

2007

Judge, April Exhibition, Santa Barbara Arts Association, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

 

Judge, 18th Annual Individual Artist Award Competition (Works on Paper), The County of Santa Barbara Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, California

  Judge, Santa Barbara Printmakers Show, The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, California
 

Poetry Book Illustrations, Starky’s Book of States Boson Books, Raleigh, NC

 

Poetry Book Illustrations, Starky’s Book of States, Boson Books, Raleigh, NC

 

La Morada Project, ArtCommission, Santa Barbara Arts Commission, Santa Barbara, California

 

Santa Barbara Child and Family Service Building Project, Public Art Commission in Collaboration with Designer Richard Irvine, Santa Barbara, California

2006

Curator and Project Coordinator, Espacio Central/Central Space, site-specific Installations, Off-Axis Contemporary Art festival, Santa Barbara, California

 

Master Artist, SBMA Summer Mural Project, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California

2006 - 2001  Arts Mentorship Project
1998 - 1996  Irvine Foundation/Contemporary Arts Forum/The Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, California 
2003

HardEdgeSoft, SBMA Master Class, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

 

Drawing the Line / A Drawing Workshop, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California

2002

Commission of Label Image, Benzinger Imagery Series Collection, Benzinger Family Winery, Glen Ellen, California

 

Guest Lecturer, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

 

Foreign RelationSBMA Master Class, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

2001 - 1994              

Exhibition Committee, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California

2001

Guest Curator: Out of Line, Drawings Personal Notations, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara, California

 

Guest Speaker, California Arts Scholars 2001 Recognition Day, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara, California

 

Scenic Images, (“Danube Suite” Portfolio of 9 Woodcuts)Genesis West Stage Production of The Danube, Santa Barbara, California

 

SBMA Master Class, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

2000 

Guest Panelist, ‘’Panel on Creativity,’’ Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

 

Guest Lecturer, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

1998

Judge, 10th Annual Individual Artists Awards, The Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, California

1996

Planning Committee, Santa Barbara Sculpture Symposium, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California

1991

Visiting Lecturer, Undergraduate and Graduate Independent Study, Art Studio Department, University of California Santa Barbara, Ca

 


Philosophy of Teaching

"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 between 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 and let the sensory documentation left by a given process on a surface define, lead, or modify the outcome.

The resulting artwork, if successful, functions as a plane/object/space were a seamless merging of the mental/emotional intent, the physical process and craft converge. It is a glimpse of true humanity; a fragile truce from the other side of the glass.    

I believe the artist’s function in society is to act as an agent of change and renewal, revealing the unseen and making uncommon the common. Art proposes new ways of activating what is stagnant and 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."

-Rafael Perea de la Cabada


Courses Taught

Art 120: Fundamentals of Drawing

Art 131: Fundamentals of Oil Painting 


Links

www.rafaelperea.com 


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