Rafael A. Pasarell
Featured Artist for the Month of March

​Come and meet Rafael Pasarell, Featured Artist at P.A.St.A. Gallery for the month of March.  Born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Rafael received early training from the age of 10 in tempera, watercolors and oils.  He attended private ateliers run by local artists.  Entering university when he was 16 years old, he continued painting during college and his early career as a professional electrical engineer.  He restarted study and training in oils in 2010.

Rafael has lived and traveled extensively in the U. S. and Europe.  His favorite subjects are figures, still life, and landscapes.  Favorite mediums are oil, watercolor and gouache.  Rafael is a strong advocate of pictorial compositionn and design.  For him, the painting's task is to bring an emotional response to the viewer, a smile, a remembrance, awe, maybe a bit of nostalgia or a hint of romance.

Most of his studio paintings take a considerably longer time in the gestation and planning stage than in the actual rendering.

His statement regarding life and art is:  "We cannot copy nature; at the most, we can offer an illusory suggestion to be filtered and interpreted within our limited senses."

The show's opening coincides with the First Friday Art Walk on March 1, 2019, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the P.A.St.A. Art Gallery, 214 Charlotte Street.  Refreshments served.  Always free.