Biography

Rafael Ferrer (b. 1933, Puerto Rico) has always been free of professional strategies. His work has been personal as he has navigated through a variety of media, often encompassing his Caribbean roots both as a musician and a visual artist. In the late 60’s, Ferrer came to prominence with his early installations of ephemeral materials in what would become referred to as “process art”. Following this groundbreaking work, in the early 70’s he created a series of kayaks and island maps referencing his continual travels to and from his home island of Puerto Rico. (Kayak#2 is the featured piece in his one-person exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago). An ongoing series of paintings, done on paper bags as well as his powerful series entitled “Cien Anos de Soledad” bring Ferrer work back once again to the Caribbean with a vibrancy and energy encapsulating the immediacy of his 50 years of creativity. Rafael Ferrer has been exhibiting in innumerable one person and group shows nationally and internationally since 1964. His works can be found in the following permanent collections: Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Baltimore Museum of Art; Denver Art Museum; Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Columbia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of Art,NYC and others.


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