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RAFAEL MELENDEZ

A little about me…

BedStuy Studio 2017

BedStuy Studio 2017

I am an American born Chicano Gen X’er/Slacker/Californian/Texan/New Yorker internationally travelled independent underground fag artist. My favorite books are everything Burroughs and his circles. I took writing classes with Kathy Acker at SFAI in the mid 90s which has had most profound and everlasting impact on me and my art making. I am obsessed with drawing and making work that is connected a counter culture sensibility. I am drawn to the Beatniks, Dadaist, Surrealist and Post Modern art movements for their vision to fight against oppressing sectors of society by using imaginative and accessible materials to make their statements.

I make work with whatever gets my idea across the best, but I tend to gravitate to making work on paper mostly whether it be drawing, collage or artist books.

CV    

Rafael Melendez

Born                        

Fresno,CA                                                                                                     

Education               

1994-7 Studied New Genres. San Francisco Art Institute                                                                

1990-2 Austin Community College, Austin. Texas

Exhibitions/Performances

2019

LOOK Closer, An Exhibition of Surrealist Drawings, Hell Gate Arts, Bronx, NY.

2018

Against Nature Animation Room for T/HE , Browns Shoreditch, London, UK

2017    

CODED, AC Institute, NY, NY

Boleros , Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY                                                                

The Last Bohemia, Platform Art Fair, Greenpoint, Brooklyn                                      

JUAN RULFO TURNS ONE HUNDRED, AAA3A Gallery, Bronx, NY                                            

KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY AND ART AUCTION, Brooklyn, NY                                                

Embedded and Opposing Memories, CLIO Art Fair, NY, NY                                                      

Show & Tell Art & Design/May Pop Up Art Show, Sullivan Islands, SC

2016    

Facie : Self-Portraiture Interpreted by 25 Artists, Gallerie Protégé, NY, NY                              

We Still Imagine, Make and Read Books,  Space 776, Brooklyn, NY                                        

Speak Out,  Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY                                                                        

2015    

Show and Tell Pop Up, 1600 Meeting, Charleston. SC 

2014    

GAY, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY                                                                                          

KNOW WHO YOU ARE AT EVERY AGE, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY                              

The Reading Pod, The FarmBar, Awendaw SC 

2013    

The EMO Show, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY                                              

SPRING BENEFIT, Momenta, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                  

Me love You Long Time (MLYLT), Mills Gallery,  Boston. MA      

2012    

MUTUAL FRIENDS, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY

POP SOUK!, New York, NY                                                                                                            

High Heel Walk Off for Model, Art in Odd Places, New York, NY                                                

Paparazzi!, 8 to A - State of Creative Emergency, New York. NY 

2006    

New York Narratives, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Ml 

2003   

Drawing Conclusions 2, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL

2003   

Drawing Conclusions, Art Miami, Miami, FL 

1999    

Summer Group Show, Terrain Gallery, Newport, RI                                                                      

3rd Annual Fixed Price Art Sale, The Lab, San Francisco, CA                                                    

Tattooed and Decorated, Balazos Gallery, San Francisco. CA 

1998    

Greetings from Mirth, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA                                                              

Skatelore Expo, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara. CA                                                  

SOON, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco. CA                                                                                    

The Survey Show , E-S-P Gallery, San Francisco. CA 

1997    

NOW, E-S-P Gallery, San Francisco, CA                                                                                        

All Pro, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

1996    

Two Sided Wall, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco. CA 

Professional Experience

2000-1    

Installer/Art Handler , Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY,  Multi-task operation, prepared gallery for installation of upcoming exhibitions. kept an inventory of gallery’s artwork. presented and displayed artwork for collectors to view miscellaneous gallery responsibilities    

2000      

Installer/Art Handler , Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, NY, Team member assisted in the handling, packages and organizing of a 324 panel public art mural by the artist Sol LeWitt                                            

Internships 

1996-1997 

Gallery Assistant, Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Worked under the direct supervision of the gallery d1rector.Responsible for day to day operations, Assisted artists with gallery installations 

1995-1996  

Gallery Assistant, Victoria Room, San Francisco, CA, Worked under the direct supervision of the gallery director. Responsible tor day to day operations. assisted artists with gallery installations 

1995-6     

Archivist, Capp Street Project, San Francisco. CA, Catalogued artists books, pamphlets, videos, slide, ephemera, magazines and literature. Maintained comprehensive artists files and scheduled visiting appointments.  

Curatorial Projects

2016         Mary A. Valverde, The Academy of Realness, Brooklyn, NY                                                      

2015         (PerfectLovers), Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY                                                                                                                          

Bibliography

2017        

The Enchanted Prince by Robert Coover, The Evergreen Review, (8 Drawings)                                          

PostMortem, Mad Gleam Press (1 drawing)

2015        

"Perfect Lovers" in black and white, The Hunts Point Express                                                                     

Kostas Murkudis Monograph published by Prestel ( 2 collage drawings)

2014        

After The Pressure The Cock (Artist Book) published under the pseudonym Catherine Holly and sold at Printed Matter New York City          My Brother ist Not Daniel Richter My Father is Not Gehrhart (Artist Book) published under the pseudonym Catherine Holly and sold at Printed Matter New York City 

2012        

Rafael Melendez: Visualizing Works on Paper , My Small Story Over 300 New York                                  

GoldenBoy Issue #1  June 2012 in collaboration with Adam Hendricks                                                        

GoldenBoy Issue #2  July 2012 in collaboration with Adam Hendricks                                                        

GoldenBoy Issue #3 August 2012 in collaboration with Adam Hendricks 

2011        

RAFAEL MELENDEZ MOCKUMENTARY ArtBookGuy 

Chauncey Chat with East Village Artist Extraodinaire Rafael T. Melendez 

Noteworthy

2015  Nominee Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant