RAFAEL CARDENAS | CV   (b.1971, Mexico)

912 N. Rowan Ave., Los Angeles, California, 90063 |   info.rafa.la@gmail.com |   rafa.LA |   323.854.6178

2018    Upcoming- Vincent Price Art Museum Solo Exhibit in the Spring
2018    Upcoming- La Plaza De Cultura y Artes Solo Exhibit in September

2017    Current- From the Holocene, Pop Up Gallery, Chinatown, CA (Ends Oct. 21)

2016    MAS ACA, Espacio 1839, Boyle Heights, CA
2016   Anonymous, Los Angeles Metro Stations, Rotating Location till 2019
2014    Because LA, Homegirl Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
2014    Regalos y Recuerdos, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA
2011    Boldly Boyle Heights, Primera Taza Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010    In Perpetuum, Eastside Luv, Boyle Heights, CA


2017 Dia De Los Muertos, A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future,
Self Help Graphics & Art, PST LA/LA, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Big LA Portrait Gallery, Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Los Four Meets Los 40, La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA
2017   Tastemakers & Earthshakers: Notes From Los Angeles Youth Culture, 1943-2016,
Vincent Price Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2016   Public Artist, Sonia Romero with Photos by Rafael Cardenas,
Avenue 50, Los Angeles CA
2015   Round About Now, Avenue 50 Studio at LAC+USC Medical Center
2014   Trece, Boathouse Gallery at Plaza De La Raza, Los Angeles, CA
2013   Boyle Heights: Arte Vida Y Amor,
           Avenue 50 for LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
2011   End of the Year Print Show - Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA


2015   Immigrants of Innovation Week, FWD.us, Los Angeles, CA

2015   York and Fig: Where are they Now, MarketPlace.org, Wealth & Poverty Desk,
Highland Park, CA
2014   York and Fig: At the Intersection of Change, MarketPlace.org, Wealth & Poverty Desk, Highland Park, CA
2013 Public Underwater Photo Shoot in East LA, soniaromero.net


MAS ACA, Self-Published Photography Book, 2016


William Sawalich, "The Weight of Life", Digital Photo Pro Magazine, April 2018 Issue

Miranda, Carolina, “How a camera and a blog led Rafael Cardenas to capture LA Life”,
Los Angeles Times July 2016

Lelyveld, Nita, “Focusing on photography becomes labor of love”, Los Angeles Times, May 2015

Trinh, Jean, “Photographer: An Up-Close-And-Personal Look At Eastsiders Today”, LAist, April 2014

Bermudez, Esmeralda “Individual portraits capture a community”, Los Angeles Times, April 2014


2018 Guest Lecturer, Occidental College Photography Department

2017 Guest Lecturer, UCLA Art Department

2016-17 Guest Speaker, Rancho Research Institute, Photography as Therapy for Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury

2016 Panelist, Self Help Graphics, Symposium on Art and Identity in Chicana/o  


2014-16 Annual Guest Speaker, New Roads School, 8th Grade Photography Course

2015 Guest Speaker: “Honest Work Creates An Honest Buzz”, Pasadena Photography

Arts Forum #4, June 2015

2014 Workshop: Las Fotos Project, 2014

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