Rafael Rangel (b. 1978, New York, NY) received his BFA at Pratt Institute in 2001. Three years later, he moved to Caracas to teach at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Since 2006, he has participated in group shows in the United States and Venezuela. In 2013, Rangel had a major solo exhibition at La Centro de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo.
His work has been shown at important museums of Venezuela, such as Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), Galería de Arte Nacional, Museo de Bellas Artes, and others. He received the Pérez Mujica Award from the 66th Salón Arturo Michelena Biennial (Museo Braulio Salazar, Valencia), the Venezuelan National Young Artist Armando Reveron Award from Asociación Venezolana de Artistas Plásticos AVAP, and the Circle Award of Excellence from Pratt Institute.
Rangel’s work was acquired by prestigious collections and institutions, including Coleccion Mercantil (Caracas), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Universidad Simón Bolívar, and Universidad Metropolitana. Venezuelan local authorities also commissioned the artist to produce large-scale public art sculptures at Margarita Island and Sabana Grande Boulevard in Caracas.
Rafael Rangel lives and works in Miami.