Rafael Villares (b. 1989, Cuba) is one of Cuba’s most exciting young artists. Villares has recently completed his study at the famous Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Villares’s work, standing alongside that of the artistic masters of Latin America, holds its own with its innovative concepts, approaches, and utilization of materials. Often starting out as an installation with performative elements, his artworks develop into whole projects and series spanning a range of mediums, such as sound, drawing, paint, and photography. Villares’s lyrical installations playfully engage with their surrounding environments and, in so doing, form a constant reference to the belief that our relation to nature is the key to a creative process.
Villares participated in the last three Havana Biennials, and his work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the United States as part of several group exhibitions.
See his most recent feature in the GARBOS 49 issue (pages 27-33).