Observing, Drawing, Painting, Portraiture


     Raphael was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Maryland.  He began his studies in his early teens and he eventually received a Maryland Artists Equity Distinguished Scholar Finalist Award in 1995. Subsequently he enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Including a semester studying abroad in Italy at the Syracuse University in Florence, based in Piazza Savonarola, he graduated from MICA with a BFA in 1999.  After some travel he moved to New York where he attended graduate school at The New York Academy of Art in TriBeCa on scholarship.

     After receiving his MFA with honors in 2004 he was awarded the Walter Erlebacher Award for the study of Artistic Anatomy and one of the three distinguished NYAA year-long Post-Graduate Residencies - one of the Fellowship positions for the year 2005.  The NYAA Fellowship Residency includes a studio space to make your work, teaching assistant opportunities, and an exhibition at the culmination of the year-long endeavor in the Wilkinson Cast Hall in Tribeca. 

     Raphael exhibited numerous times in New York including two group shows in the Chelsea district, at The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club, The New York Academy of Art, four drawing exhibitions at the Medialia Gallery, and a solo exhibit in SoHo. He has also exhibited at The Baltimore Museum of Art with the Maryland Artists Equity Foundation.  He has been published in Denver Westword, Elle magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, The New York Times, Page Six of The New York Post, interviewed for the NY1 Arts report with Stephanie Simon and by Melena Ryzik for The New York Times Style section video short, and most recently in the new tome dedicated to contemporary figuration published by Rizzoli entitled "The Figure" and in the Huffington Post Arts Blog authored by Daniel Maidman.

     Shortly after receiving a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship Grant in the Drawing/Bookmaking category in 2007 he began teaching Anatomical Drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in their undergraduate programs.

     After leaving New York, working and tutoring adults and children across the country, he returned to Maryland where he was an assistant at the Carla Massoni Gallery, and taught drawing at both the Academy Art Museum in Easton and the undergraduate Drawing program of The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. 

     Raphael has exhibited with the Massoni Gallery since 2006 and recently with the Sugarlift Gallery in Brooklyn in winter of 2016.  He now again resides in Colorado where he continues his journey in the visual arts, teaches privately, and rides a motorcycle throughout the southwest as often as possible.




The New York Academy of Art, The Graduate School of Figurative Art

M.F.A. Drawing 2004

The Maryland Institute College of Art

B.F.A. Drawing 1999

The Syracuse University Abroad, Florence, Italy




The Bemis School of Art, Colorado Springs

Drawing Instructor Spring 2013 - Winter 2014

The Modbo School of Art at the Ivywild

Instructor, Spring/Summer/Fall 2013

Carla Massoni Gallery, 2012 - 2013

Gallery Assistant

The Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, Fall 2012

Drawing Instructor

The Maryland Institute College of Art, Fall 2012

Life-Drawing Instructor

Pratt Institute, Fine Arts Department, Fall 2008

Anatomical Drawing Instructor

The School of Visual Arts, Illustration and Cartooning Department, Fall 2008

Anatomical Drawing Instructor

The New York Academy of Art Post-Graduate Residency Fellowship for Drawing, 2005, Year-Long Post-Graduate Residency with Teaching Assistant in Anatomical Sculpture


Awards, Grants, Scholarships, Private Collections

The Acadia Foundation and Richard Estes Artists Residency Grant (unattended)


The New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellow of Drawing


The New York Academy of Art Post Graduate Fellowship Residency and Grant


Eric Fischl - Private Collection 

The Peterson Collection of Contemporary Realist Art

Margot Gordon - Private Collection

Carla Massoni - Private Collection

The Walter Erlebacher Memorial Award for the Study of Artistic Anatomy


The National Portrait Society Award from The National Arts Club Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition


Maximum Tuition Grant from The New York Academy of Art


Huggins Grace Graves Foundation Travel Grant


Maryland Distinguished Scholar Finalist Award, Maryland Artists Equity Fund, with Matching Grant from The Maryland Institute College of Art




Artnet News, October 11, 2017, "One Model, Ten Nudes", NYAA Fundraiser

American Art Collector, May 2017, Issue 139, "Argentum" Exhibition Preview quotation

May 2017

Denver Westword, featured in review of Redline Art Space "Drawing Never Dies" exhibition

August 2016

The Figure, Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, Contemporary Perspectives,

Skira-Rizzoli, 2014

The New York Times, New York City’s Largest Bachelor Pad, Home and Garden

Fall 2009

The New York Times, Urban Eye, Interview with Melena Ryzik

Fall 2009

Fine Art Connoisseur, Volume 4 Issue 6, “Realism Now, The Peterson Collection”

December 2007

NY1, The Arts Report with Stephanie Simon, Interview

February 23, 2008

Elle, No. 259, “Beautiful Dreamers”

March 2007

Page Six, The New York Post, “Worlds Collide” 

November 27, 2006

The Peterson Collection of Contemporary Realist Art www.petersoncollection.org



Selected Exhibitions

Sotheby's, Take Home a Nude, NYAA Fundraiser

October 2017

"Point of Origin", Abend Gallery, Denver

June 2017

"Argentum", Contemporary Silverpoint, Marbury Gallery and School, Grammercy Park NY, NY

March 2017

"Little Demons", Group exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD

February - March 2017

"Drawing Never Dies", Redline Art Space, Denver

August 2016

"Ballpoint", Sugarlift Gallery, Group Exhibition

January 2016

Massoni Gallery, Summer Group Exhibition, co-curating credit

March 2014

Massoni Gallery, Summer Group Exhibition

May 2013

Massoni Gallery, Group Exhibition

March 2009

Homecoming The New York Academy of Art

November 2007

Miscellany Mana Fine Arts Space, 227 Coles Street, Jersey City, NJ

October 2007

The Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Artist Equity Foundation Juried Exhibition

June 2007

Puchi Nippon, Centerstage

April 2007

Next Generation, Carla Massoni Gallery, Group Exhibition

January 2007

“Girlfriends”, Solo Drawing Installation Exhibit

10-12 Crosby St., SoHo

November 2006

Ruminate, Group Drawing Exhibition

Medialia Gallery, co-curator

June 2006

Project One, Group Exhibition, Centerstage

Baltimore, MD

March 2006

The New York Academy of Art Juried Salon

March 2006

New Voices, Medialia Gallery, Group Exhibition

February 2006

Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barthelemy, F.W.I., Group Exhibition

Juror, Eric Fischl

February 2006

Raandesk Group Exhibition

550 W. 29th St. NY, NY

February 2006

Take Home a Nude, Exhibition and Auction

Phillips de Pury and Company

October 2005

Fellowship Exhibition, The New York Academy of Art

September 13 – October 1, 2005

The Language of Drawing II, Medialia Gallery

June 2005

Huggins Grace Graves Scholarship Foundation

March 2005

The Ball Point Pen Drawing Exhibition, NYAA 

February 2005

Natural State, Sputnik Gallery, Group Show

Brooklyn, NY

February, March 2005

Salmagundi Club, Audubon Society Juried Exhibition

October 2004

The Language of Drawing, Medialia Gallery


July 2004

Metal Point Drawings, NYAA

April 2004

Mark Making in Drawing, NYAA

March 2004

The National Arts Club Annual Juried Exhibition

February 2004

The Roots of Drawing, Medialia Gallery

June, July 2003

Thesis Exhibition, The Maryland Institute College of Art

May 1999

International Monetary Fund Annual Juried Exhibition


Maryland Distinguished Scholar Finalist Exhibition