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Robert Raphael
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint

ARTIST STATEMENT: The decorative is often seen as superficial, but I believe in its power to seduce us into greater depths. Anyone can reflect upon the decorative arts, whether experienced through the mediums of architecture, furniture, wallpaper, or manicured gardens. My sculptural works draw on the history of decorative art and how it is perceived. My use of the decorative becomes the code for my language of desire, sexuality, gender, and pleasure. In my most recent works, I am constructing structures and wall elements out of lumber, a traditional material for building. The sculptures refer to architecture and construction, but are imbued with elements and processes that incorporate the decorative. I create ornate visual surfaces using materials such as porcelain, ribbon, wood, and paint. Within the work, I am creating a dialogue between the viewer’s understanding of structure and ornament: masculine and feminine. The viewer is confronted with the formal language of sculpture, while the ornament and pattern are experienced pervasively. My sculptures provide a forum for the viewer to use their understanding of my materials and processes to make associative connections.

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2004 MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2000 BFA, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2013 Jessica Stoller and Robert Raphael, Jane Harstook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, NY, NY
2007 Uomo, Harrison Gallery, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA


2012 Sutured, Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Shape of the Line, Fair Folks and a Goat, New York, NY
2010 Of This Century: Residents, Fellows and Select Guests Artists of The Clay Studio, The Clay Studio, Philadlephia, PA
2010 Around the Campfire, Artworks Trenton, Trenton, NJ
2010 Souvenir Shop, Art Star, Philadelphia, PA
2009 RococoPop, Dean Project, Long Island City, NY
2009 RococoPop, Crossing Art, Queens, NY (exhibitions running concurrently)
2008 Material Transcendence, Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
2007 Point of Departure, Dean Project, Long Island City, NY
2006 Crossovers, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
2005 Bling Love, Window on Broad, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2005 The Clay Studio: 30 Years, School 33, Baltimore, MD
2005 Exchanging Views, The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2004 Graduate Degree Exhibition, The Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield HIlls, MI
2003 Cranbrook at GM, Design Center Gallery, Warren, MI
2003 Summer Lovin', Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2002 Ceramic Wins, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2002 Perspectives: Artist-In-Residence Show, Mendocino Art Center Gallery, Mendocino, CA
2001 RISD Ceramics Department Triennial, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
2000 Twenty Ceramic Artists, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
2000 BFA Exhibition, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
2000 Senior Invitational, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI

Honors and Awards

2011 Visiting Artist/Residency, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2009 Artist In Residence, International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskor, Denmark
2009 Artist in Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Art, Newcastle, ME
2004-2006 Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Apprentice, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Benjamin Meritt Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2002 Moravian Pottery and Tileworks, Doylestown, PA
2002 Artist in Residence, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA

Teaching Experience

2006-2008 Adjunct Professor, Foundation Department, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
2007 Adjunct Professor, Ceramics Department, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
2005 Adjunct Professor, Ceramics, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2011 Visiting Artist, Connecticut College, New London, CT
2008 Visiting Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2008 Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2006 Visiting Artist, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
2005 Visiting Artist, Hunter College, New York, NY
2005 Visiting Artist, Arcadia University,
2005 Visiting Artist, Red Dirt Studio, Mt. Rainier, MD


2009 Saettel, Tom. The Archive Number 31/Summer 2009 "Two Face Satin: The Art of Rob Raphael"
2009 Brown, Glenn. 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works
2005 Rosof, LIbby. "How Much is that Bling in the Window?"

Permanent Collections

2004 Leila and Gill Silverman, Bloomfield Hills, MI


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