Rafael Arzuaga

Rafael Arzuaga is a Cuban-born painter, author and illustrator and graphic designer. His work reflects a range of influences and offers a vibrant taste of the Caribbean, which is full of light and life. Rafael currently works and lives in Berkeley, California.

Rafael Arzuaga


Selected Solo Exhibitions

“Simple Lines” Peninsula Museum of Art”, Burlingame, CA 2015

“Over the Body” Barbara F. Mertes Gallery, Livermore, CA 2012

”Touching the Spirits”, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA 2007

“Sound Clash”, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA 2006

“Beyond Boundaries”, Exhibition Workshop Gallery, Oakland, CA 2004

“Cuba On My Mind”, SFSU Cesar Chavez Gallery, San Francisco,CA 2003

“Rafael Arzuaga”, Embargo Art Gallery, Great Barrington, MA 2001

“Talisman”, International Press Center Gallery, Havana, Cuba 2000

“Eclipse”, Galleria Servando Cabrera, Havana, Cuba 1996

“El Ojo que Puede”, Galleria Oriente, Santiago, Cuba 1989


Selected Group Exhibitions

“Entre Nos”. Cuban Art Space Art Gallery. New York 2015

“African Roots”, Center for Cuban Studies Gallery, New York 2013

“Folk Magic and Curious Objects”, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA 2009

“Paper Island”, Las Positas College, Livermore, CA 2008

“Bayennale”, Bay Area International Arts Festival, Oakland, CA 2005

“ABC-Art Benefitting Children”, Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2003

“SF Art Collective”, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2002

“Two Sides of the Border”, La Llorona Gallery, Chicago, IL 2001

“Latin Art”, Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2000


Selected Publications and Reviews

The Independent – “Focus on Cuba at Las Positas College” 12/07

Art Week- “Cuba on My Mind at the Art Gallery at SFSU” 11/03

Golden Gate Express- :Exhibit Gives Two Views of Cuba” 09/03

The Artful Mind- “Artist Rafael Arzuaga” 07/01

Granma- “Rafael Arzuaga, Mil Codigos del Talisman” 02/00



“Lines” Penisnsula Museum of Art”,Burlingame.CA 2015

“When Mambo Touches the Soul”, SFSU, African Studies Department 2006

“Kongo Reason”, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University 2006

“Artists Crossing Cultural Boundaries”, SFSU, Art History Department 2004

Grants and Awards

Embargo Art, Artist in Residence, Great Barrington, MA 2001

Association of the Young Artist National Grant, Havana, Cuba 1990

Award Winner, National Meeting of Young Artists, Havana, Cuba 1989

Premio Salon de la Ciudad, Santiago, Cuba 1986


Born- Santiago de Cuba, Cuba