Ferrer, Rafael (1933–)

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Ferrer, Rafael (1933–)

Rafael Ferrer (b. 1933), Puerto Rican artist. Ferrer, a native of Santurce, studied literature and music at Syracuse University. He received art training from Eugenio Fernández Granell at the University of Puerto Rico in 1953. A resident of the mainland United States since 1966, Ferrer has taught at the Philadelphia College of Art (1967–1977), the School of Visual Arts in New York (1978–1980), and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine (1981). During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he created conceptual art pieces, installations, and mixed-media sculptures and contributed to the development of process art and body art. His more recent paintings and mixedmedia sculptures evoke the Caribbean through expressionistic means. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.

See alsoArt: The Twentieth Century .


Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, Ohio), Deseo: An Adventure (1973).

Laguna Gloria Art Museum (Austin, Texas), Rafael Ferrer: Impassioned Rhythms (1986).

Bronx Museum Of The Arts (Bronx, NY), The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States, 1920–1970 (1988).

                                        Miriam Basilio