Saturday, February 23, 2019

Rafael Perea de la Cabada @ CabadaGray Gallery


Focus on the Masters' February 2019 documented artist, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, has mounted a exhibition featuring a sample of his work at the CabadaGray Gallery located within the Vita Art Center. 

• Preview Champagne Reception: Feb 23, 4-7pm
• $10. (members free)
• First Friday Opening: March 1 from 6-9pm
• Exhibit Dates: March 1 thru March 22, 2019

Click the links below to learn more:



Sunday, February 17, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street, Ventura

Sponsored by Jim & Mary Galbraith


FOTM is proud to kick off its 25th Anniversary in a new venue in partnership with the Museum of Ventura County. The first Artist Spotlight interview will feature Rafael Perea de la Cabada, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is steeped in the artist’s rich cultural heritage. The artist describes himself as a visual poet, offering a powerful dialog that resonates with the plight of humanity. His intuitive approach draws from his personal experience, incorporating deep narratives layered in symbolism. Concepts range the gamut of human experience, from humorous and playful to social and political discourse. Perea states, “Art for me has a transformative power, a delicate volatility that triggers our craving for a deeper perceptual level. I find art making an endless mystery, a choice and a calling.” Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in his native Mexico City before earning his M.F.A. from UCSB. His broad range of expression includes painting, printmaking, mixed media, installation, public art and sculpture. With a foundation in Mexican modernism, he pursues his work as “a seamless merging of the mental/emotional intent, [where] the physical process and craft converge.” He shares his vast knowledge as a professor of drawing and painting at Santa Barbara City College. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in numerous prestigious public and private collections.

Special Invitation to Educators
The Artist Spotlight is open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge. FOTM is happy to assist with tracking attendance and sign-in sheets. Reservations required.

AfterGLOW Fundraising Event
The public is welcome to join the artist for a celebratory fundraising dinner at VITA Art Center, located just steps from the museum, immediately following the program. Paid reservations required prior to February 12.

RSVP www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501
 

Monday, February 11, 2019

FOTM The Artist Spotlight Series 2019


   




Sunday, February 17, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street, Ventura

Sponsored by Jim & Mary Galbraith



FOTM is proud to kick off its 25th Anniversary in a new venue in partnership with the Museum of Ventura County. The first Artist Spotlight interview will feature Rafael Perea de la Cabada, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is steeped in the artist’s rich cultural heritage. The artist describes himself as a visual poet, offering a powerful dialog that resonates with the plight of humanity. His intuitive approach draws from his personal experience, incorporating deep narratives layered in symbolism. Concepts range the gamut of human experience, from humorous and playful to social and political discourse. Perea states, “Art for me has a transformative power, a delicate volatility that triggers our craving for a deeper perceptual level. I find art making an endless mystery, a choice and a calling.” Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in his native Mexico City before earning his M.F.A. from UCSB. His broad range of expression includes painting, printmaking, mixed media, installation, public art and sculpture. With a foundation in Mexican modernism, he pursues his work as “a seamless merging of the mental/emotional intent, [where] the physical process and craft converge.” He shares his vast knowledge as a professor of drawing and painting at Santa Barbara City College. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in numerous prestigious public and private collections.

Special Invitation to Educators
The Artist Spotlight is open to students attending as a class assignment free of charge. FOTM is happy to assist with tracking attendance and sign-in sheets. Reservations required.

AfterGLOW Fundraising Event
The public is welcome to join the artist for a celebratory fundraising dinner at VITA Art Center, located just steps from the museum, immediately following the program. Paid reservations required prior to February 12.

RSVP www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501

Monday, January 21, 2019

SBMA "Highlights of the Permanent Collection"



Rafael Perea de la Cabada is part of the exhibition "Highlights of the Permanent Collection" with the painting "Agua Bendita" (2000).
On view now at the SBMA alongside works by Wilfredo Lam, Hans Hofmann, Alison Saar, and many others.

Highlights of the Permanent Collection
In celebration of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art's 75th Anniversary in 2016, this installation highlights some of the most celebrated works of art from SBMA’s permanent collection, as well as several of the most exciting gifts and acquisitions in the areas of modern and contemporary art, photography, and the arts of Asia.
www.sbma.net

Monday, November 26, 2018

Birds on a Wire poetry


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday, November 30 – Birds on a Wire poetry
featuring - Nina Clements, Marsha de la O, David Starkey, Phil Taggart, George Yatchisin, Chryss Yost and Sharon Venezio

Vita Art Center, 28 West Main Street - Ventura

The reading starts at 7p.m.

The reading is in response to Rafael Perea de la Cabada’s exhibit Birds on a Wire / Pájaros en el Alambre at the Vita Art Center

Birds on a Wire/ Pájaros en el Alambre is a new body of work by renowned visual artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada. This exhibition explores our connection with birds in a symbolic, environmental, and philosophical manner through a variety of mediums, including paintings, drawing, works on paper, printmaking, photography, and ceramic objects.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Birds on a Wire/ Pajaros en el Alambre






Rafael Perea de la Cabada
Birds on a Wire/ Pajaros en el Alambre
November 2- November 30, 2018

28 W Main St, Ventura CA 93001
(805) 644-92-14

Pájaros en el Alambre /Birds on a Wire is a new body of work by renowned visual artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada. This exhibition explores our connection with birds in a symbolic, environmental, and philosophical manner through a variety of mediums, including paintings, drawing, works on paper, printmaking, photography, and ceramic objects.

In these works, birds often serve as a humble but powerful metaphor for Latinos in America: caught in permanent migration towards opportunities and socio-political liberation, wings extended with flying potential, clipped often by the laws of the land or nature.
Some interpretive text is provided by renowned animal ethologist and bestselling author Dr.Jonathan Balcombe. “Scientists are constantly discovering new aspects of birds’ lives, including how they think, and what emotions they are feeling. In this exhibit, I share some of these discoveries to compliment Rafael Perea de la Cabada’s thought-provoking artworks,” says Dr. Balcombe.
An inspired poetry reading by former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, David Starkey, and Philip Taggart
current Ventura County Poet Laureate, and friends will take place on November 30th at 7pm.
               
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rafael Perea de la Cabada has lived in Santa Barbara since 1987 and in Ventura since 2015.
Perea received a degree from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking inMexico 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 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 recently completed a Public Art Commission with designer Richard Irvine on the West Beach Pedestrian Improvement Project for the City of Santa Barbara.

Hours:
Monday through Friday 10am - 4 pm, Weekends by appointment

Sunday, August 5, 2018

TEN ARTISTS















VITA ART CENTER PRESENTS
TEN
Opening Friday, August 3 from 6-9 p.m.
Exhibit Dates: August 3 thru August 31, 2018

In celebration of our 10 year anniversary we have invited 10 artists that have exhibited at Vita Art Center over the past 10 years.


Richard Amend
Donna Granata
Peter Liashkov
Dan McCleary
John Nava
Rafael Perea de la Cabada
Frank Romero
Jennifer Wolf
Jacqueline Woods
Hiroko Yoshimoto



Friday, July 6, 2018

CABADAGRAY Gallery

Vita Art Center welcomes the CABADAGRAY Gallery opening July 6, 2018 6-9 p.m.
Located inside of the Vita Art Center at 28 West Main St., Ventura.

WORKS ON PAPER
Colin Fraser Gray 
Jaqueline Woods
Rafael Perea de la Cabada