Rafael Gershon Glückstern Gardos.

Born in 1984 in Netanya, Israel. In 1987 his family moved to Alicante in Spain where he spent his infancy and adolescent years.

He started to show his drawing ability from an early age. Consequently, as a result of his interest in drawing and painting, he started to paint in oils for the first time in 1995. During the summer of that year he went to a local artist´s studio where he took his first steps as a painter.

He studied Art at the “Virgen del Remedio” Secondary College in Alicante from 2001 to 2003.

Having finished his secondary studies, he went on to study Fine Art at the University of Cuenca towards the end of 2003. The following year, due to a desire to know new places and people and to experience new things that would enrich him as a person and an artist, he decided to move on and continue his studies at the University of Salamanca.

Later he moved to the University of Barcelona where in 2008 he was awarded his degree in Fine Art.

During his years as a student and afterwards, he took part in various art shows where a large number of his works were awarded prizes. Amongst them was a painting called “La Guardería” at the “14th Exhibition of Alicante Artists” in 1997, where he was the youngest artist to have ever won this contest.

He also took part in various collective and individual exhibitions, especially at art galleries run by the Alicante regional government and the local council.

The main themes of his works during these years (from 1995 to the present day) have been landscapes and portraits. He usually paints lively and colourful landscapes and his portraits not only revealing his technique but also the psychological nature of the subject.

Post-impressionism, fauvism and, above all, the expressionism of the beginning of the 20th century have influenced him most and are always present in his paintings.

Amongst his most admired painters, whose influence on him varies by degrees, are artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, André Derain, Ludwig Meidner, George Grosz, Otto Dix and Egon Schiele, and other more contemporary painters like Lucian Freud.

In 2010, after having spent a year in Madrid, working in a small studio, he decided to leave Spain in order to carry on exploring and gaining new experiences. For this reason he moved to Miami in the United States at the end of that year. There he came across an art gallery called “Artopia” where he work and exhibited. He painted a large wallpainting called “Buffalo Tiger”. As a result of the success and interest shown in this wallpainting he has been appointed to make more wallpaintings on various buildings in the area.

After a year in Miami he decided to return briefly to Alicante. Then in March 2012 he moved to Berlin for one year and a half and started working on his urban landscapes that afterwards he exhibit in different countries, such Spain, Israel and United States.

In 2015 he participated in his first group exhibition in NYC, and after several group exhibitions, he had his first solo exhibition in NYC in 2017, named “Narrow Streets and Landscapes”. He also made a big mural for a hotel room in Manhattan.

Currently lives and works in Brooklyn.