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Rafaela de Ascanio

Rafaela de Ascanio
Photo courtesy of Louisa Tratalos
Rafaela de Ascanio is a British painter and sculptor living in London. Her work references art historical figures from the Renaissance era and Tarot card illustrations. Appropriating the reverence of canonical imagery, de Ascanio paints stories depicting her contemporaries, reimagining ancient narratives with female protagonists.

Rafaela's artworks usually references a tropical colour palette, attributed to her early years in the Canary Islands. De Ascanio portrays the female in defiant guises, empowering both her and the viewer. Images emerge from autobiographical events, fantastical symbols from sci-fi film and literature, esoteric pagan practices, and ‘fire and brimstone’ altarpieces. 

Rafaela de Ascanio is an interdisciplinary artist based between London and Madrid. She holds BA (Hons) History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, MA Curating the Art Museum, Courtauld Institute of Art, and the Turps Banana Off-Site Painting Programme. Solo exhibitions include Universal Yearnings, Liliya Art Gallery, London (2021). Past Group Exhibitions include Sexing the Cherry, Tristan Hoare Gallery, London (2023); Ex Voto, organised by The Mary Leyline Pilgrimage at Original Projects, England (2023); Wave, Cob Gallery, London (2022) The Pump House, Berntson Bhattacharjee, London (2022); Swamp Legends, Terrace Gallery, London (2022); Summer Exhibition, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London (2022); The Amber Room at Reference Point Library, 180 The Strand, London (2022); Fancy A Bite?, Studio West, London (2022); Cracked, Tristan Hoare Gallery, London (2021); Back to Back, Bowes Gallery Parris Gallery, London (2021); Focus on the Female, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London (2021); Paintings On, And, With Paper: An Online Group Exhibition, Cob Gallery, London (2021).
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