Rafa Esparza (born in 1981) is an American artist who lives in Los Angeles. His work often takes the form of physically exhaustive performances and installations constructed out of adobe bricks. Esparza also frequently works with collaborators, including members of his family. Esparza has exhibited in several public parks, nightclubs, sidewalks, galleries, and museums in Los Angeles and internationally.
Early life and education
Work and Career
For his participation in the 2016 Made in LA Biennial at the Hammer Museum Esparza created "Tierra," a field of adobe bricks created from the dirt from Los Angeles. The artist's sculptures and objects were buried and unearthed in Elysian Park a historical site of displacement of early Latinx communities, Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bushop awhile creating the bricks were exhibited on the expanse of adobe bricks.
Esparza was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. For the exhibition he created "Figure Ground: Beyond the White Field"; a gallery made of adobe bricks inside the museum. The adobe room, which was made with dirt from Los Angeles River, was used as an exhibition space by other LA-based Latino artists that Esparza invited to participate. 
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