MSA-X studio visit to Rafael Vargas Bernard at MANA Miami

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MSA had the opportunity to visit the Artist Rafael Vargas Bernard at his studio in downtown Miami in the art space MANA Contemporary Miami. To our surprise, Rafael was working on some of his art piece installations. They could be called sound art noise, which he has followed through most of his life also incorporating performances, body art, and constructions as well as ambiguous object art.

Rafael Vargas Bernard, by TEo
Rafael Vargas Bernard, by TEo

We thank him for his kind explanations of his works which will be shown in an upcoming one-man show in Fort Lauderdale. We hope you all can go see it and take some time to view the video where he explains his artwork. Once again, thank you, Rafael.




Rafael Vargas Bernard CV

Rafael Vargas Bernard

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Beta-Local, San Juan, PR — La Práctica   2013

Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, San Juan PR — Sculpture  2006-2009

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, PR — Fine Arts   2002-2004

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA — Computer Engineering 1997-2000

Work Experience in the Arts:

Co-Director, Mana Contemporary Miami / 777 Mall – Miami, FL 2018 – Present

Education Coordinator, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico   2013-2017

Gallery Assistant, Roberto Paradise, PR  2011-2013

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 – Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, “The Allure of Unfathomable Industry”   Hollywood, FL. USA

2018 – Mana Contemporary Miami, “Brock Pierced Cryptopia”  Miami, FL. USA

2018 – VOLTA NY, “Buscando en el Escombro for Something Better”  NYC, NY. USA

2017 – Mana Contemporary Miami, “Buscando en el Escombro for Something Better”  Miami, FL. USA

2017 – El Cuadrado Gris, “Sobre-Análisis-Sobre” 

Santurce, Puerto Rico

2016 – La Productora, “Endeuda’o y los Peacetakers”  

Santurce, Puerto Rico

2014 – ArtLab, “Guessquienes” 

Santurce, Puerto Rico

2011 – Galería Candela, “Apoya a la Cultura: Ayúdame a Pagar mis Cuentas” 

Viejo San Juan, PR

2008 – Galería 356, “Consume Productos de Consumo”  

Hato Rey, PR

Selected Group Exhibitions:

 Santurce, Puerto Rico

2019 – Mana Contemporary Miami, “Collabo 6”   Miami, FL. USA

2019 – Museo de Arte UPRM, “El Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez como Generador de Arte y Cultura”  Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

2018 – Towson University, Center for the Arts, “Isla: Regarding Paradise”  Towson, Maryland. USA

2018 – Wayne State University, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, “Because the Dawn Breaks” Detroit, MI. USA

2018 – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, “Entredichos”  Santurce, Puerto Rico

 Miami, FL. USA

2017 – Galería de Arte Universidad de Sagrado Corazón, “99+1 = La Centena”  Santurce, Puerto Rico

2016 – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, “Arte y Resilencia”  Santurce, Puerto Rico

2013 – Las Naves, “Puerto Rico: Ida y Vuelta”    Valencia, Spain

2011 – Museo de la Universidad del Turabo, “Preámbulo”   Gurabo, Puerto Rico

2010 – Peripher, “Sturmzentrum”   Zurich, Switzerland

2009 – Exit Art, “Performance in Crisis”   NYC, NY. USA

Public Collections:

Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico

Colección Hernández-Castrodad, Caguas, Puerto Rico

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