Raphaella Spence

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Raphaella Spence
Born 1978
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Known for Painting, Photorealism

Raphaella Beatrice Spence (born 1978 in London, England) is a British photorealist and hyperrealist painter.


She was born in London, England in 1978. At the age of twelve, her family and she moved to Rome, Italy, where she attended St. George's British International School and completed her studies there in 1997.[1] In 1999, she met fellow photorealist painter and current spouse Roberto Bernardi, who together currently reside in Todi, Italy.


Initially, she painted still lifes, but after influenced of her views of the Umbrian countryside, she turned towards a more photorealistic approach, painting landscapes.[1] Her works currently consist of high resolution digital camera images combined with freehand cityscape paintings.[2]


In 2003 she had her first solo exhibition in the United States at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York.[3] Since then, many of the works of Raphaella Spence have continued to be displayed at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, in both solo and group exhibitions.[4][5][6] Her paintings have been included in numerous group exhibitions as well, including at the Vero Beach Museum Of Art, Mana Art Center[7][8][9], Arnot Art Museum[10], Roberson Museum of Arts & Sciences[11], Chiostro del Bramante[12][13], Musei Capitolini[14][15][16][17], Ringling College of Art and Design[18], Manhattanville College, St. Paul's Gallery[19], Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Elaine Baker Gallery, Albemarle Gallery, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees[20], Ringling College of Art and Design[21], Persterer Contemporary Fine Art, Galerie De Bellefeuille[22][23], Kunsthalle Tübingen[24][25][26], Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery[24], Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum[24][27][28], Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art[29], and Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao[30]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2014 "A Million Lights", Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY[4]
  • 2012 "Night and Day", Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY[5]
  • 2011 "Venice Reprise", Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY[31]
  • 2009 "Beijing", Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2007 "Crossroads", Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY[32]
  • 2005 "Bridge of Colors", Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY[33]
  • 2004 "Solo Show", Albemarle Gallery, London, England
  • 2003 "Stolen Dreams", Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY[3]


  1. ^ a b "Raphaella Spence". raphaellaspence.com. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Honoring the Artist: Raphaella Spence", by Weiss, Marion, Dan’s Papers, 29 April, cover ill. 2011
  3. ^ a b R. Spence, Stolen Dreams, introduction by Roderick Conway Morris, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery Editions, 2003 New York (USA)
  4. ^ a b "Raphaella Spence and Roberto Bernardi exhibit at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery". ArtDaily. 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  5. ^ a b "New Paintings By Roberto Bernardi and Raphaella Spence at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery". ArtDaily. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery and Louis K. Meisel Gallery are ALL IN! with new exhibition". ArtDaily. 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  7. ^ "New exhibit presents stunning collection of photorealism". ArtDaily. 2011-09-19. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  8. ^ "Huge Photorealism Exhibition Opens at Mana Contemporary This Weekend". Jersey City Independent. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  9. ^ "Photorealism Champion Louis Meisel on Bringing His Preeminent Collection to New Jersey". ArtInfo. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  10. ^ Re-representing Realism, by Rob Cassetti e John D. O'Hern, Arnot Art Museum Editions 2003, Elmira, NY (U.S.A.)
  11. ^ The Prague Project, Roberson Museum of Arts & Sciences Editions, 2003 Binghamton, NY, (U.S.A.)
  12. ^ Iperrealisti introductions by Gianni Mercurio, Wolfgang Becker and Louis K. Meisel, Chiostro del Bramante Museum Rome, Viviani Arte Editions 2003 Italy
  13. ^ Iperrealisti, by Gianni Mercurio, Viviani Editions 2003, P 175-177, Roma (Italia)
  14. ^ Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati, 5ª edizione by Alice Lam, Il Cigno Edizioni 2007 p.30-31, Roma (Italia)
  15. ^ Arte contemporanea per i rifugiati, La Repubblica, 1 Dicembre 2008
  16. ^ Arte contemporanea a Sotheby’s, Il Sole 24 Ore, 30 Novembre 2008
  17. ^ Arte all’asta per l’Uganda, Corriere Della Sera, 30 Novembre 2008
  18. ^ Realist, Real Illusions by Kevin Dean, Ringling College of Art and Design Editions 2010 p.4, Sarasota (USA)
  19. ^ Blow Up, by Ross Alderson, St. Paul's Gallery Editions 2004, P 49-60, Birmingham (Inghilterra)
  20. ^ Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati, 7ª edizione by Walter Irvine, Il Cigno Editions 2008, Roma (Italia)
  21. ^ Realist, Real Illusions by Kevin Dean, Ringling College of Art and Design Editions 2010 p.4, Sarasota (USA)
  22. ^ "Better-than-true art: exhibition showcases paintings that look like photographs". Montreal Gazette. 2012-08-31. 
  23. ^ Beyond Realism, by Helen and Jacques Bellefeuille, Francois Ares, Louis K. Meisel, exhibition catalogue
  24. ^ a b c Fotorealismus, 50 Jahre Hyperrealistiche Malerei, European Museum Tour catalogue, Hatje Cantz Editions, Edited by Otto Letze, foreword by Otto Letze, Daniel J. Schreiber, texts by Linda Chase, Nina S. Knoll, Louis K. Meisel, Uwe M. Schneede, Daniel J. Schreiber, graphic design by stapelberg&fritz, German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3532-2, English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3585-8
  25. ^ "Großstädte wie gewienert". Stuttgarter Zeitung. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  26. ^ "im blickfang, 50 jahre fotorealismus in der kunsthall". Schwäbisches Tagblatt. 2013-01-03. 
  27. ^ "Più vero del vero. La pittura iperrealista in mostra a Madrid". Il Sole 24 Ore. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  28. ^ "El Thyssen-Bornemisza organiza la primera gran antológica sobre el hiperrealismo". Voz Populi. 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  29. ^ Photorealism: Beginnings to Today, by Miranda Lash, Louis K. Meisel, and Russell Lord
  30. ^ "Hyperrealism 1967-2013". Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  31. ^ Venice Reprise by M. Press, Blurb Editions, New York (U.S.A.) 2011
  32. ^ Crossroads by Walter Robinson and Louis Meisel, BMG Editions, New York (U.S.A.) 2007
  33. ^ Bridge of Colors by Edward Lucie Smith, BMG Editions, New York (U.S.A.) 2005

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