August 19 - September 16
Rafael died in December, after a struggle with cancer. We lost not only a unique photographic talent but more importantly a brilliant, funny, kind man. We first showed Rafael in 2014, and RiverWinds featured him in his first solo show in 2015. We always looked forward to see the new work he would bring us – each photo was colorful, dramatic, and meticulously shot and printed.
An IT consultant, Rafael also helped us with our website and was always available to answer our questions, no matter how basic or how late at night!
Originally from New York City, Rafael’s background was rooted in the sciences, specifically astrophysics which he studied at Columbia University. In the early eighties Rafael became involved in the emerging computer industry of which he had been a part ever since.
But his real passion for the past few years was for photography. Rafael would note, "I’d like to say I don’t photograph things, but rather how they make me feel. Technically, I strive for the perfect photo without compromising the all-important mood I am trying to convey. In the end, it’s an expression of how I see the world, and perhaps, a very good way to get to know me."
His photographs of the 43rd Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House at the Arthur Sachs Mansion in New York City featuring top interior decorators and designers appeared in Architectural Digest, Forbes Magazine and the Washington Post. His photographic assignments also included a Jennifer Lopez shoot with film crew from American Idol and NYC’s Top Interior Designer’s Boat House Bash at the Central Park Loeb Boathouse in NYC.
-Mary Ann Glass