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About

Rafael Melendez Artist Portrait

Rafael Melendez is a multidisciplinary artist based in NYC.

His practice revolves around his various interests especially his love for counter cultures.  He spends his time in the studio turning his nonconformist beliefs into ephemeral works of art.  

Rafael Melendez, Visualizing Works On Paper

Filmed, interviewed, edited & shared by LaRon Batchelor

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

I am an experimental journal keeper.  I've been recording my life in NYC through drawings, collage and different forms of publications for nearly 20 years. My studio serves as an incubator to develop projects from my journal entries. It is my attraction to art history and outsider art culture that drives my style and practice.   My ultimate mission is to practice uninhibited experimental storytelling through stream-of-consciousness and free association. 

 

CV

Rafael Melendez

Born:            Fresno, CA, USA

Education:   1994-1997 San Francisco Art Institute Studied New Genres

 

Exhibitions

2017

CODED: notes on the not-too-distant past, present and future, AC Institute, NY, NY

Last Bohemia , Platform Art Fair, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

Boleros, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

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

KENTUCKY DERBY ART AUCTION, Smack Mellon, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

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

Show & Tell Art & Design 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

2004

Drawing Conclusions 2, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL

2003

Drawing Conclusions, Art Miami, Miami, FL  
 

Curatorial Projets

2016

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

2015

(Perfect Lovers), 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, Designer 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