Rafael França

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Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1957

Chicago, USA, 1991


After studying drawing, painting and lithography in his teens, Rafael França moved

to São Paulo in the late 70’s to study Plastic Arts at the School of Communications

and Arts at the University of São Paulo, where, encouraged by artist and teacher Regina Silveira, he developed intense engraving work. In 1979, he began experimenting with xerox and, along with Hudinilson Jr. and Mário Ramiro, forms the group 3Nós3, focused on urban interventions. Because of his interest in art and technology, França gets in touch with works by Nam June Paik and Buky Schwarz, thus starting to experiment with video installations. In 1982, the artist began a master’s degree at Chicago’s Art Institute, USA, where he dedicates his research entirely to video and starts to explore the elements that constitute the language itself. By this time, his works starts to update and develop a specific narrative code where he manipulates video elements such as the synchrony of speech, sound and fictional/documental storytelling, frequently making his friends, as well as himself, the characters for his videos. His work was interrupted in an early stage in 1991, after he died of health complications brought by AIDS


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