The tropical rainforests and endless wilderness of the Colombian countryside, has inspired Rafael Lago since he was a child. Riding on his horse through the dense jungles, visiting picturesque towns enclaved in the mountains, or galloping alongside the infinite rivers, drew him to express through his art, the fascination of his experiences.
After studying fine art in California, USA, he focused for many years as a mural artist, working with renowned decorators from South America, for diverse projects, that finally took him to Barcelona, to collaborate with the institute Bea Urruella, on classical mural techniques.
Later he became a stage designer and producer for theater, ballet and opera. Always having a natural flair for large scale ventures. He then went to initiate a company that would create, design and produce themed solutions for amusement parks, shopping malls and businesses in several countries.
All the while, he kept painting, for this is where his essence lies. Commissions and several exhibitions led him to decide to concentrate fully on his passion.
Horses. They are now his main focus, Colombia being mostly rancher and agricultural, it is part of his nature, his fascination with their vitality and sensitivity, their strength and beauty, how they serve us but are in essence, the symbol of freedom.
Many of Rafael's paintings are a mixture strong under drawing on charcoal or pastel, that he then layers with translucent chiaroscuro veneers, topping with more opaque paint, usually acrylic or natural pigments mixed with resin. Some are a more classic approach, layering carefully, over a base drawing.
What they all achieve, is a dynamic expression, that engulfs the viewer, into the artists unique vision of the world.
1991 Academy of Art College- San Francisco- Californ
Bachelor of fine arts- paintings
1998 Institute Bea Urruela Catalunia – Barcelona – Spain
Classic Mural Techniques
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
1996 Proartes - Cali- Colombia
1998 Comfandi Cultural Center – Cali – Colombia
2000 Galeria Rembrandt- Bogota- Colombia
2004 Galeria Arte Moderno- Cali – Colombia
2007 Galeria Camara de Comercio Cali- Colombia
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1999 Proartes- Cali- Colombia
2002 Galeria Sociedad de Artistas – Madrid – Spain
2006 La Caixa Galeria – Barcelona – Spain
2010 Centro Cultural FES- Cali- Colombia
2020 Centro Cultural Caja Real- San Luis Potosi- Mexico
2020 Sotheby’s institute of Art – “Art saves humanity” virtual exhibition
1999 Galeria Club Campestre de Cali- Colombia
2004 Galeria Camara de Comercio Cali- Colombia
2010 Castell D’en Plaja– Girona- Spain
2012 National Library Gallery Cali- Colombia
2019 Coleccion Grupo Trussot- Guadalajara- Mexico
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