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Rafael Perea de la Cabada


Award-winning artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada was born in Mexico City and has lived in California since 1987.


Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in Mexico City and went on to earn his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has exhibited at many galleries and museums in Southern California including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Forum, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, and the Hunsaker-Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica.  He has also shown in New York, Washington, Tennessee, Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Croatia, Spain, and Germany.


His work is included in numerous public and private collections in Mexico, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Germany, and the United States.


Rafael teaches Drawing in the Fine Arts Department at Santa Barbara City College and has served as a Master Artist for mentorship programs, master classes, and mural projects for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Santa Paula Art Museum and The Arts Fund.


In 2010 he was awarded an important Public Art Commission with designer Richard Irvine on the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project for the City of Santa Barbara, and is the Founding Art Director for The Animal Museum in Los Angeles. To learn more about Rafael Perea de la Cabada and his art visit his website at and follow him on Instagram: @rpcarte.