Sunday, March 18, 2018

"The joy so vast will pass through walls on the air."

THE BANANA TREE, Rafael Ferran, 2018

Felt marker pens on 12 x 9-inch paper using a Pointillist technique.

The finished picture includes quotations from Anne Sexton and Pablo Neruda.  

I co-opted some of the words to create a new poetic quote!

 "The joy so vast will pass through walls on the air."  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

C.M. 2017 National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18 at 6 PM - 9 PM

National Academy Museum & School
!083 Fifth Avenue / 5 East 89th Street
New York, New York 10128

+1 212-369-4880
+1 212-996-1908

Exhibition Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
Free Admission

The National Academy Museum & School is transformed by the vision of the National Academicians, faculty, alumni, and students. 
 #creativemischief #creativemishief2017#nationalacademymuseum

Creative Mischief will debut over 100 works representing a broad spectrum of artistic disciplines: abstract and figurative painting, site-specific installation, sculpture, photography, prints, video, animation, and performance. Subjects range from enduring concepts of beauty, transformation, and truth to temporal issues of social injustice, and the political turmoil of today. 

One of the submissions to the 6th Annual Creative Mischief Exhibition will be my latest painting, Woman in Profile. A gouache over heavy gesso on wood, it measures a variable 12 x 41/4 inches,

 © Rafael Ferran

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Tree In The Bronx

This image is a small park within a public housing complex in the Bronx Borough and I used the monotype printing technique to create it. There is a narrow sliver of a building placed on the left side of the print as a reminder that this scene takes place in a man-made environment.

The interest of the print, however, is the large tree in the center that sprouts leafless limbs and branches into and across the sky. It was in late March and I was waiting for the bus to go back to the city. when I saw it. I snapped a picture from my phone camera which I used as a reference for this print.

 I painted the branches and limbs, the sky and the clouds in a manner to suggests all these elements dancing to the rhythm of the air surrounding them. The trees in the distance were painted with the local colors of greens, reds and browns while I used the building to reflect the glaring light of the bright daytime. This print is my expression of a harmonious relationship between nature and civilization I discovered on that day.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Chris Antemann: Forbidden Fruit

The Museum of Art and Design is presenting the beautiful porcelain sculptures of Chris Antemann.  I've never heard of this artist before until now when, as a security guard employed by a national security firm, I was assigned to MAD for one day and posted at the gallery that displays her collaborative exhibition with the renowned MEISSEN Porcelain factory. 

These strikingly seductive and beautifully erotic pieces are a tour de force. One end of the gallery hangs the ornate Lemon Chandelier embellished with scantily clad figurines and lemons. 

   In the center of the gallery there is the elaborate installation entitled Love Temple inspired by an 18th century model of the same name by Johann Joachim K├Žndler.
 Antemann has redesigned the original version to its basic form and added her figures and decorations to fashion a five- foot- tall feasting rotunda for her Forbidden Fruit Dinner Party.

Per the exhibition wall texts, her concept owes much to the French Rococo painter Antoine Watteau, 18th century French banquet fads, and the Biblical story of The Garden of Eden.

Friday, September 23, 2016

It’s Small Art for a BIG Cause on Friday, Oct. 21.

Here are my two submissions to the 5x5 Exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art. It’s Small Art for a BIG Cause on Friday, Oct. 21 organized by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. All art work has to measure 5x5 inches for continuity and visual effect during display.  

Proceeds from donated artwork fund individual artist grants and workshops from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

5x5 inches

5x5 inches

Monday, September 5, 2016


I have six pieces in this exhibition. Through the 

sponsorship of The Queens CorrespondAnce School, artists 

mail their artwork and collaborate with another artist via

 USPS. All participating artists will have their original 

submission sent to another participating artist, and also alter 

another artist’s original submission. All final collaborations

 will be exhibited at Academic, a gallery in Long Island City,


The opening reception was Friday, September 2 and it 

 runs through September 24th, 2016.