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Rafael Consuegra

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Birthplace
Havana, Cuba

Birth year
1941

Lives in
Miami, FL

Works in
Miami, FL

Website

Statement

Rafael Consuegra is a sculptor who surprises others with his unique vision, insight, and ability to breathe life into metal.   His sculptures range in size from small-scale work, suitable to private residences, to monumental public art commissions. Consuegra’s work is represented in both private and public collections internationally; he has a list of accomplishments and commissions an arm long.

Consuegra was born in Havana, Cuba in 1941. Seeking exile from Cuba, he left the island in 1960 and established residence in Miami, Florida where he began his art studies.

As an art student, he was twice granted the Cintas Fellowship from the International Institute of Education in New York. After receiving a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Miami, he taught Sculpture and Design at the college level for seven years. Wanting to dedicate his efforts solely to art, he left teaching and moved to Europe. 

In Europe, he exhibited widely throughout France, Spain, Denmark, and Switzerland. After eight years in Europe, he moved back to the United States where he established a permanent studio in Miami, Florida and concentrated his efforts on commissions.  

He has refined his work over the course of thirty five years of passion and has exhibited his work world wide with unprecedented success.

Consuegra is a dedicated artist who gets his inspiration from everything that surrounds him; the mundane and the spiritual all serve to fill his palate with color and passion. Consuegra is a true master in the midst of creating his next great piece. 

“All of my sculptures are inspired by movement and balance.”

CV

EDUCATION

  • 1969
    Bachelor of Arts, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • 1971
    Master of Fine Arts, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

COMMISSIONS

  • 2010
    “Learning Gives You Wings,” Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL
    Ceramic and Glass Mosaic, St. Gregory Catholic Church, Plantation, FL
    “Juntos,” Stainless Steel Monument, Miami, FL
  • 2009
    Pedro Pan Monument, Miami, FL
  • 2008
    “Reach,” Doral, FL
  • 2007/2008
    “The Giants of Belen,” Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami, FL
  • 2006
    St. Brendan Catholic Church, Miami, FL
  • 2004
    Sculpture Trophy for the Cuban Christian Democratic Party(presented to President of Spain, Jose  Maria Aznar), Madrid, Spain
  • 2001/2003
    St. John Vianney Seminary, Miami, FL
  • 2002
    St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Miramar, FL 
  • 2001
    Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Inc., Miami, FL
  • 1990/2000/2001
    St. Agatha Catholic Church, Miami, FL
  • 1999 
    Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • 2001/2000
     St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Pompano Beach, FL
  • 1998/1999/2000
    St. Roberto Bellarmine, Miami, FL
  • 1998
    Corpus Christi, Miami, FL
    Memorial to Cuban Journalist Salvador Diaz Verzon, Miami, FL
    St. Jude Catholic Church, Boca Raton, FL
  • 1997
    St. Louis Catholic Church, Miami, FL
    Montsenior Curly High School, Miami, FL
    Belen Jesuit High School, Miami, FL
    St. Rose of Lima, Miami, FL
  • 1996
    Bank Investment Group, Miami, FL
  • 1995/1996
    Sculpture Trophy for the Willy Chirino Foundation, Miami, FL
  • 1994/1995
    Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Homestead, FL
  • 1994 
    Peace Monument, Citibank Florida, Miami, FL
    Sculpture Trophy for the ispanic American Photographers, Miami, FL       
  • 1992
    Center of the Divine Mercy, Miami, FL
    St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Miami, FL
    St. Kieran’s Catholic Church, Miami, FL
  • 1991
    Duluth Public Arts Commission, Petrozavodsk, Russia
  • 1990
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Pompano Beach, FL
    Sculpture Trophy for the Youth Center, Miami, FL
  • 1989
    Koger Properties Construction, Miami, FL
  • 1987
    Sculpture Trophy for the United Way, Miami, FL
    Cano Sotolongo & Associates Inc., Miami, FL
  • 1986
    Agrupacion Catolica universitaria, Miami, FL (www.acu-adsum.org)
    Miami Beach Police Department- Donald Kramer Memorial, Miami Beach, FL
  • 1985
    Sculpture Trophy for The Coalition of Hispanic American Women, Miami, FL
  • 1978
    Sculpture Trophy for The Spanish Society of Florida, Miami, FL
  • 1974
    Mar Azul Condominium, Key Biscayne, FL
    Coral Park High School, Miami, FL
  • 1972
    Sunset Villa, Miami Beach, FL
  • 1967
    Surf House, Miami Beach, FL
    Burger King Corporation Executive Offices, Miami, FL

COLLECTIONS

  • Abbott Laboratories, San Juan, PR

  • Miami Dade College – North Campus, Miami, FL

  • Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

  • Florida International University, Miami, FL

  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

  • Northeastern University, Boston, MA

  • Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Museum of American Art, Ohio University, Athens, OH    

  • Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA

  • Museo Español de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain

  • Museo Nacional de Ceramica, Valencia, Spain

  • Museo de Arte Moderno de Villafames, Valencia, Spain

  • Vatican Museum, Vatican City

  • Miami-Dade City Hall, Miami, FL

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Miami, FL

  • Museum of Modern Art, Petrozavodsk, Russia

  • House of Culture, Petrozavodsk, Russia

  • City Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia

  • The Florida Museum of Hispanic Art, Miami, FL

  • Continental National Bank, Miami, FL

  • Le Loft, Miami Beach, FL

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Barry University, Miami Shores, FL

  • Print Collections: “Mirror of Time and Self-Portrait of the Fifties” (1970);

  • “La Bandera” (1975); “España” (1977); “El Cid” (1978); “Etude du Mouvement a Traves la Dance” (1980); “Sin Patria Pero Sin Amo” (1982)

  • Private Collections in Argentina, Spain, France, Switzerland, Denmark, and the United States.

ONE PERSON EXHIBITION

  • 2009
    “Cuban DNA” Installation, Studio, Miami, FL
    Bistro 1410, Miami Beach, FL Fund Raiser for United States Senator Bob Menendez 
  • 2008
    Coral Gables, FL  "Learning Gives You Wings” Installation
  • 2007
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 2007
    Galeria Creativo Caribeño, San Juan, PR
  • 2006
    Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus,Miami, FL “Learning Gives You Wings” Installation
    Miami Dade College – North Campus, Miami, FL
    Mladenovac Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia
    Congreso del Colegio de Abogados, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2000
    Ursomarzo Galeria de Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1998
    Petit Art Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Gwinnett Fine Arts Center, Athens, GA
  • 1997
    St. John Vianney Catholic Seminary, Miami, FL
    Gracie Lawrence Gallery Inc., Delray Beach, FL
    The Gallery Fine Art, Coral Gables, FL
  • 1996
    Vanidades, Miami, FL
    Jadite Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1994
    Victoria Galleries, Coral Gables, FL
    One Brickell Square, Miami, FL
  • 1989
    Tishman Speyer Properties of Florida, Miami, FL
  • 1988
    Millenarian Design Center of the Americas, Dania, FL
  • 1982
    Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Marti, Valencia, Spain
    Sala Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
    La Galeria de Vilanova i Geltru, Tarragona, Spain
  • 1981/1979
    Galerie Marbach, Bern, Switzerland
    Galerie Jean-Marie Cupillard, Grenoble, France                                 
  • 1981/1978
    Galerie des Mitres Contemporains, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 1980
    Galeria Sant Lluc, Gerona, Spain
    Le Bouquin, Valence, France
  • 1980/1979
    Galerie Bourg-de-Four, Geneve, Switzerland
  • 1979/1978
    Galeria Aryce, Valencia, Spain
  • 1979
    Yolanda Inc. Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1978/1977
    Mitre Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1977
    Sociedad Española de la Florida, Miami, FL
  • 1977/1971/1969
    Asociacion Fraternal Latinoamericana, Miami, FL
  • 1976
    Grove House, Miami, FL
  • 1973
    Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • 1971
    Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
    Pan American Banks, Miami, FL
  • 1970
    Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL
  • 1969
    Asociacion Fraternal Latinoamericana, Miami, FL

  • 1968 Hollywood Museum of Art, Hollywood, FL

GROUP EXHIBITION

  • 2006

    Mladenovac Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia 
  • 2004

    Cueto Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2002/1990

    Editart Geneve, Switzerland    
  • 2000/1999

    Cuba Nostalgia, Miami, FL                            
  • 1999

    Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
  • 1997

    Mexican Consulate, Cultural Center, Miami, FL
  • 1995

    Sculpture in the Landscape, University of Miami, Miami, FL
  • 1994

    Summit of the Presidents - Unidad Cubana, Miami, FL
    National Council of La Raza, Miami Beach, FL
  • 1993/1992

    Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Lawrence, KS
  • 1992

    WIZO Art ‘92’, Miami, FL
    Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne, WY
    Foster Harmon Galleries of American Art, Sarasota, FL
    Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR
    Texas Forestry Museum, Lufkin, TX
  • 1991

    Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL
    Fine Art World, Boca Raton, FL
  • 1987

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 1985/1979

    De Armas Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 1982

    Jean Marie Cupillard Gallery, Grenoble, France
  • 1981

    Aryce Gallery, Valencia, Spain
  • 1981/1980

    FIAC, Paris, France
  • 1981

    Art Fair of Venelles, France
  • 1980

    La Fontana D’or, Gerona, Spain
    Studio 13, Mataro-Barcelona, Spain
    Kandinsky Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
    Juana Mordo Gallery, Madrid, Spain
  • 1979-1977/1971

    Harmon Gallery, Naples, FL
  • 1978

    Forum Artis I, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1977

    Galeria Mitre, Barcelona, Spain
    International Artists Salon, Grenoble, France
  • 1974/1972

    Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
  • 1973

    Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    University of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • 1972

    Galeria Internacional, Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1970
    Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL
  • 1969
    Asociacion Fraternal Latinoamericana, Miami, FL

  • 1968 Hollywood Museum of Art, Hollywood, FL

AWARDS

  • 2000
    Jubilee for Artists, Comitato Centrale Grande Giubileo, Rome, Italy
  • 1973/1972

    Cintas Fellowship, Institute of International Education, New York, NY
  • 1969

    Helen Banks Memorial Award - University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • 1968

    Award for Sculpture - Monasterio Español, Miami, FL
    The Hanson Award - University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • 1967

    Award for Sculpture - Miami Art Center, Miami, FL
Recent Exhibits

Rafael Consuegra participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2012 “Individual Expressions”
Cremata Gallery
 
Nov, 2011 "CUBA...THEN & NOW"
Cremata Gallery
 
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