Rafael E. Vera received his BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was a recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship Award and the George L. and Roman Siegel Fellowship Award. In 2013, he received the 3Arts Ragdale Residency Fellowship. He currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University. Recent exhibitions and publications include New American Paintings, issue 107; Pillow Talk, Seerveld Gallery, Palos Heights, IL; Nothing Concrete, Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago; 21st Evanston Biennial, Evanston, IL; and Double Tangent, Cara and Cabezas, Kansas City, MO.
His work is commonly installation-based, as well as two and three-dimensional, and oftentimes collaborative. His latest drawings and sculptures, directly based on his own house, search for those in-between spaces where void and the dividing line interact and coexist. They reference a limbo space that investigates his constant interest for the transition.