RAFAEL CARDENAS | CV   (b.1971, Mexico)
info.rafa.la@gmail.com |   rafa.LA |   323.854.6178

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018    Opens September 8, 2018- La Plaza De Cultura y Artes Solo Exhibit Landscapes and Land Dwellers

2018    Vincent Price Art Museum Solo Exhibit in the Spring
2017    From the Holocene, Pop Up Gallery, Chinatown, CA
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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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

AWARDS
2018 Nominated Emerging Artist, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2016 Outstanding Local Artist Award, Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce

COMMISSIONED PHOTOGRAPHY
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

PUBLICATIONS
MAS ACA, Self-Published Photography Book, 2016

PRESS
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

TEACHING AND TALKS
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  Communities
2014-16   Annual Guest Speaker, New Roads School, 8th Grade Photography Course
2015   Guest Speaker: “Honest Work Creates An Honest Buzz”, Pasadena Photography
2014   Workshop: Las Fotos Project, 2014