was born in Brooklyn in 1933. He received his B.F.A.
from Yale University and was awarded a Fulbright
Fellowship to Florence and Rome in 1958-59 and a
Tiffany Fellowship in 1960. He resides in France.
Raffael's new paintings are an on-going celebration
of nature and the spirit of life's force as manifest
in the movement of fish and ducks in water or lilies
floating on the surface of a pond. The watercolors
demand more of the artist in theircomplexity.
His large and luminous watercolors venture into
new territories of color, juxtaposing glowing gold
with deep mysterious rich blues and greens. His
often written about "jewel-like" passages
are richer now than ever. Crystal-clear blue butts
up against azure, purple against emerald green against
shining black, a splendor of bubbling, moving paint.
While heralding that which is beautiful in nature,
the artist also invites the viewer into a meditation,
a heightened awareness and appreciation for nature's
abundance. Pursuing his love of and for nature,
and exploring deeper into its mysteries, Raffael
takes the viewer to a new, more complex, heightened
place with his monumental scale watercolors.
To capture the essence of what the eye cannot always
see, Raffael probes the secrets of nature's private
and splendid moments. From his larger-than-life
dramatic flowers to koi filled with light, shimmer
and motion in his own, newly-created koi pond, the
artist heightens our senses to the world "outside."
Several of the artist's watercolors are diptychs.
For Raffael, working on more than one piece of paper
represents a continuum of art history. From the
Renaissance altarpieces with panels and predellas,
the artist draws his interest and his commitment
to multi-panelled pieces, sometimes screens (including
five or more panels), at other times diptychs.