RAFAEL PEREA DE LA CABADA
Rafael Perea de la Cabada, an award-winning artist, was born in Mexico City and has lived in Santa Barbara, CA 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, 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, France, Germany and the United States.
Rafael teaches Advanced Painting and 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 both the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and The Arts Fund. He currently completed a Public Art Commission with designer Richard Irvine on the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project for the City of Santa Barbara.
COLIN FRASER GRAY
Colin Gray departed England’s shores for Santa Barbara 34 years ago, and since that time has exhibited in solo shows locally as well as in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Primarily working in sculpture and drawing, he has also completed three permanent public art projects, two in the Santa Barbara area and one in Los Angeles. His artwork has been described as being monuments to the imagination, simultaneously horrific and ecstatic, whimsical, wild, funny, scary, improvised but ancient, and undeniable.
He has been awarded several grants, including the Santa Barbara County Individual Artists Award, as well as a Pollock/Krasner. He taught sculpture at the College of Creative Studies, UCSB, for nine years, and still teaches drawing at various places including Santa Barbara City College’s Center for Lifelong Learning, and VITA art center in Ventura.