Rafael Cardenas

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EDUCATION 

1995    East Los Angeles College, Earned credits in Theater and Journalism

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Upcoming­ Vincent Price Art Museum Solo Exhibit in the Spring 2018
Upcoming­ La Plaza De Cultura y Artes Solo Exhibit in September
2017
From the Holocene, Pop Up Gallery, Chinatown, CA
2016
MAS ACA, Espacio 1839, Boyle Heights, CA
2014
Because LA, Homegirl Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
2014
Regalos y Recuerdos, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA
2011
Boldly Boyle Heights, Primera Taza Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010
In Perpetuum, Eastside Luv, Boyle Heights, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2017
Dia De Los Muertos, A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future, Self Help Graphics & Art, PST LA/LA, Los Angeles, CA
2017    Big LA Portrait Gallery, Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA
2017    Los Four Meets Los 40, La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA
2017    Tastemakers & Earthshakers: Notes From Los Angeles Youth Culture, 1943­
2016  
Vincent Price Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2016    Anonymous, Los Angeles Metro Stations Lightbox Series, Rotating Location till 2019
2016    Public Artist, Sonia Romero with Photos by Rafael Cardenas, Avenue 50, Los Angeles CA
2015    Round About Now, Avenue 50 Studio at LAC+USC Medical Center
2014   Trece, Boathouse Gallery at Plaza De La Raza, Los Angeles, CA
2013   Boyle Heights: Arte Vida Y Amor, Avenue 50 for LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
2011    End of the Year Print Show ­ Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA

COMMISSIONED PHOTOGRAPHY 
2015
Immigrants of Innovation Week, FWD.us, Los Angeles, CA
2015
York and Fig: Where are they Now, MarketPlace.org, Wealth & Poverty Desk, Highland Park, CA
2014
York and Fig: At the Intersection of Change, MarketPlace.org, Wealth & Poverty Desk, Highland Park, CA
2013
Public Pool Underwater Photo Shoot in East LA, soniaromero.net

PUBLICATIONS

MAS ACA, Self­Published Photography Book, 2016

PRESS

Miranda, Carolina, “How a camera and a blog led Rafael Cardenas to capture LA Life”, Los Angeles Times July 2016.
Lelyveld, Nita, “Focusing on photography becomes labor of love”, Los Angeles Times, May 2015.
Trinh, Jean, “Photographer: An Up­Close­And­Personal Look At Eastsiders Today”, LAist, April 2014.
Bermudez, Esmeralda “Individual portraits capture a community”, Los Angeles Times, April 2014

LECTURES AND TALKS

2017
Guest Lecturer, Cal Poly Pomona, Understanding Boyle Heights Through Photography 2017
Guest Lecturer, UCLA Art Department
2016
Panelist, Self Help Graphics, Symposium on Art and Identity in Chicana/o Communities
2015
Guest Speaker: “Honest Work Creates An Honest Buzz”, Pasadena Photography Arts Forum #4, June 2015