Bio:

Rafael Concepcion (born in Danbury, Connecticut, 1993) is an artist whose work primarily deals with intersections between personal history and human behavior. His interest in photography as a primary medium stems from his curiosity with the concepts of chance and impulse. Rafael is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Photography program, and currently lives and works in Boston, MA.

Education:

2022 Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
           2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

Awards and Grants:

            Connecticut Association of Schools Outstanding Arts Award / 2012
           JGS/Imagining America Scholarship / 2012

Exhibitions Curated:

            2017 Space Amid, Aviary Gallery, Boston, MA
            2016 Photography Department All School Show, Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA

Visiting Artist:

2018 Lesley University, College of Art and Design, Cambridge, MA
2017 Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ

Press:

Don’t Take Pictures: Photo of the Day
Ain’t-Bad Feature: Rafael Concepcion
From Here on Out: Rafael Concepcion - Recent Work
Boston Voyager: Art & Life with Rafael Concepcion


Exhibitions:

2018 Provenance, Aviary Gallery, Boston, MA
          2018 Isla Del Encanto, MAC650 Gallery, Middletown, CT (Solo) 
           2016 Recounting the Forest, North Crackatorium, Boston, MA (Solo)
           2016 Senior Thesis Exhibition, President's Gallery, Boston, MA
            2016 All School Show, Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA
            2015 Spectrum, Pavement Coffee House, Boston, MA
            2015 Ode to Summer, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA (Online Exhibition)
           2015 E7900, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA
            2014 Good To Be (So Far From) Home, Godine Family Gallery, Boston, MA          
            2014 Sense of Place, North Crackatorium, Boston, MA
            2014 All School Show, Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA
            2013 All School Show, Brant Gallery, Boston, MA

Professional Experience:

Assistant Manager at Itoya Topdrawer / 2018 - Present
            Teaching Assistant at Massachusetts College of Art and Design / 2015 - 2018
Photographer at Didriks / 2017
            Product Photographer at Colonial Trading Company / 2016 - 2017
            Digital Lab Monitor for Photography Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design / 2015 - 2016
            Photography Department representative for MassArt's Student Government Association / 2015 - 2016
            Product Photographer at Marcoz Antiques / 2014 - 2015
            Visual Arts Mentor at Sociedad Latina / 2013