Rafael Sánchez


A funny thing happened on the way to the theater...

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R A F A E L   S Á N C H E Z

Havana, Cuba, 1960


Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

duCret School of the Arts

One Person Exhibitions:

Unfinished Masterpiece    Casino X, Las Vegas, 2008

Balloons Umbrellas Turntables   Participant Inc, NYC,  2004

¿ Puff ?    Z Deli, NYC, 1997

Unfinished Masterpiece   Barneys Windows, NYC, 1997

Sugar Paintings   Hoboken Dental Specialties, Hoboken, 1995

Teatro de la Cabeza   Foundation Elba, Nijmegen, NL, 1993

R.S.   Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, 1991

Unfinished Masterpiece   D' Clic Arts Club, Paris, 1989

Black White Paintings, etc.   Finck Residence, NYC, 1987

R.S.   Hallwalls, Buffalo, 1987

Look Don't Touch   Aljira Arts, Newark, 1985

Group Exhibitions:

Millennium Magazines   Museum of Modern Art, NYC, 2012

Strange Birds   Center for Book Arts, NYC, 2012

The (S)treet FilesEl   Museo del Barrio, NYC, 2011

Double-Bill   Art in General, NYC, 2010

Küf / Mold   Rotterdam, 2009

          Istanbul, 2007

          Ghent, 2008

Unsteady   Studio 1.1, London, 2006

This Hard, Gem-like Flame   Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, 2005

The Record Show   Exit Art, NYC, 2001

The Pineal Body   w / Gail Thacker at Jenny's Place, NYC, 2001

Fashioned   White Box Gallery, NYC, 1998 / Philadelphia, 1998 Alternatives  Hallwalls, Buffalo, 1995

Mob @ 

Speedway   Speedway Gallery, Boston, 1993

The Naming of the Colors   White Columns, NYC, 1993

Dress Codes   Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston,  1993

Mob @ 

620 Pavonia   Ave. C6, Jersey City, 1992

Selections   Artists' Space, NYC, 1990

Mob @ 

3 Boys from Italy   Pizzeria, Jersey City, 1989

Performance & Theatre Works:

Fandango!       w / Jim Fletcher, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami,       2008

Rafael Sánchez & Rafael Sánchez   w / Rafael Sánchez, Gershwin Hotel, NYC, 2007

TABLE project   w / Kathleen White, Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC, 2006

The Three Voices   Performa, Participant Inc, NYC, 2005

REVOLVER   Participant Inc, NYC, 2004

Subdivisions   for Miss Gowanus, Red Dive, Gowanus Canal, Brklyn,  2003

Les Fleurs des Vents   Fruit Farm Film Festival, McMinnville, OR, 2002

        Market Theater, Cambridge, 2001

        Gerswhin Hotel, NYC, 2001

Dark Pearl   Armada Festival, Nijmegen, NL, 2000

The Libation Bearers   Thread Waxing Space, NYC, 1999

Dream On   Jackie 60, NYC, 1997

Water Boy   Jackie 60, NYC, 1997

Feed the Birds   Extrapol, Nijmegen, NL, 1996

Interlude   a garden in Brooklyn, 1996

Rising for the Moon   Jackie 60, NYC, 1996

A Goat's Song   X-Teresa, Mexico City, 1995

Boog-a-loo   Rushmore Festival, Orange County, NY, 1994

Bedtimestory   Rushmore Festival, Orange County, NY, 1993  


Rough Boy   5min. video with R. D. Realmuto, music: ZZ Top, 2008

REVOLVER   30min.performance video edit w / Laura Parnes, 2005

Rooftop Balloon Inflation 

Filming Experiment Event   w / Glen Fogel, duration variable, film & video, 2003

Lazy   7min. video, music: Deep Purple, 2003

Wuthering Heights   15min. super 8mm to video edit w / Yael Bitton, 1999

Stormtrooper in Stilettos   10min. video montage, music: Queen, 1998

Little Prayers   15min. super 8mm to video edit w / Claire Barnier, 1995

Awards & Residencies:

Braziers Artists Workshop, UK, 2004

Creative Capital Foundation, 2002

Braziers Artists Workshop, UK, 1999

New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 1992

Usine Ephemere, Paris, 1989

Selected Bibliography:

ferran el otro, Pipa, "If The Medium is The Message, What Happens When the Medium(s) Disapear(s)?" is. # 1, Barcelona, 2012

alLuPiNiT (the New York City environmental magazine) co-editor w/ Kathleen White, vol.1: Luther Price, Winter 2008; vol. 2: Rats !!!, Fall 2008; vol. 3: TABBOO!, Winter, 2009 -10; vol. 5: Hunter Reynolds / Survival AIDS, Spring 2011

Rafael Sánchez / Sur Rodney Sur, Visual Aids Web Gallery, "The Architecture of Loss / Mark Morrisroe 1959-1989". April, 2011

Goldberg, Roselee, PERFORMA, New Visual Art Performance, Rafael Sánchez / The Three Voices, pg. 65, Performa NY / Art Publishers, 2007

Smith, Roberta, The New York Times, “Rafael Sánchez: Balloons Umbrellas Turntables” October 1, 2004

Smith Regina,  Review: Latin American Literature and Arts,  “Squaring the Circle: The Invocations of Rafael Sánhez”  is. no. 62, Spring 2001

Jackson, Susan, Time Out New York,  “Sheer Art Attack” is. no. 172, January 7-14, 1999

Adams, Brooks, The Print Collector’s News Letter, “ New Humanist Photography”  Vol. XXVII #2, 1996

Kenny, Kay, The Jersey Journal,  “Art Makes the Medicine Go Down Easier”, April 7, 1995

Arning, Bill, The Naming of the Colors, exhibition catalogue, White Columns, Kirby Gookin co-editor, 1993

Zimmer, William, The New York Times, “Painting with Peanut Butter and Jelly”, December 29, 1991

Sánchez, Rafael,  “Panorama with Hood Ornament” Boston School, exhibition catalogue, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Lia Gangitano editor, 1995

Collaborations, Plays, Films, Projects, Screenings, etc:

Dolmen Award for Outstanding Achievement in Art & Citizenry

2011, Ms. Bette Midler; 2012, Dr. Steve Cannon


w / Kathleen White, in.2004, ongoing  >

Somewhat Portable Dolmen 

w / Kathleen White, in. 2007, ongoing  >

A Song For You

Anthology Film Archives 2002, 2004; Gershwin Hotel, 2006, 2009

People Without History 

a play by Richard Maxwell, NYC Players, Performing Garage , 2009

Crime or Emergency

a play by Sibyl Kempson & Mike Iveson, PS 122, 2009


a projection work by Richard Maxwell & Michael Schmelling, NYC Players, PS 122, 2009


a film by Redmond Entwistle, 2010


Robert Whitman Projects, DIA, NYC, 1983


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