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.
He has exhibited widely in Cuba and internationally, including the Chazen Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, Museo Nacional de Arte (MNA), Bolivia and three large scale installations during the past Havana´s Biennales.
In 2019, he was featured in the GARBOS 49 issue (pages 27-33).