Raphaella Spence

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

Raphaella Beatrice Spence (born 1978, London, England) is a photorealist painter based in Todi. She is represented by Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City.[1] Her works consist of high resolution digital camera images combined with freehand cityscape paintings.[2]


In 1997 she completed her studies at the St. George's British International School (SGBIS) and then dedicated herself full-time to painting. Spence concentrated on developing her technical skills and influenced by views of the Umbrian countryside she turned towards a new kind of realism closely associated to photorealism. In 2003 she had her first solo exhibition in the United States at the Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery in New York.[3] Since then her paintings have been included in numerous group survey exhibitions including the Vero Beach Museum Of Art, Vero Beach, FL (U.S.A.), MANA Art Center, Jersey City, NJ (U.S.A.), Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (USA),[4] The Roberson Museum of Arts & Sciences, Binghamton, NY (USA),[5] Chiostro del Bramante, Rome (Italy),[6] Musei Capitolini, Rome (Italy),[7][8][9][10] Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL (USA),[11] Manhattanville College, New York, NY (USA).

Spence has received critical recognition for her work in widely circulated newspapers and magazines including The International Herald Tribune,[12] Time Magazine,[13] The Artist"s Magazine,[14] Rh+ artmagazine,[15] Dan’s Papers,[2] Il Messaggero,[16] Corriere Della Sera,[17] ART + Design Magazine,[18] Panorama,[19] La Repubblica,[20] American Art Collector,[21] etc.

In April 2011 Dan’s Papers,[2] dedicated the front cover to Raphaella Spence.

Solo exhibitions[edit]


A Million Lights, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)[22]


Night and Day, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)[23]


Venice Reprise, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)[24]


Beijing, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)


Crossroads, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)[25]


Bridge of Colors, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)[26]


Solo Show, Albemarle Gallery, Londra (Inghilterra)


Stolen Dreams, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)[27]

Selected group exhibitions[edit]


Painted Illusions: Hyperrealism 1967-2012, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain[28][29]

Photorealism: The Sydney and Walfa Besthoff Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans (U.S.A.)[30]

Photorealism, The Everyday Illuminated, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California (U.S.A.),


Hyperrealism 1967-2012, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain [29][31][32]

Hyperrealism 1967-2012, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England [29]

Photorealism Revisited, OKCMOA - Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, USA


Hyperrealism 1967-2012, Kunsthalle Tübingen Museum, Tübingen, Germany [29][33][34]

Photorealism, Galerie De Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada [35][36]

Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation at MANA Art Center, Jersey City, NJ, USA [37][38][39]

All In, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York, USA [40]


New Photorealism, Persterer Contemporary Fine Art, Zurich (Switzerland)


Real(ists), Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL (U.S.A.)[41]


Photorealist Painting, Arthur M. Berger Gallery, Manhattanville College, New York (U.S.A.)


Arte Contemporanea per I Rifugiati, UNHCR, Sotheby's Milano (Italia)[42]

Unforeseen Reflections, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)


Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati, Musei Capitolini, Roma (Italia)[43]

New Cityscape Paintings, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)


Three person show, Albemarle Gallery, Londra (Inghilterra)


New Photorealists, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (U.S.A.)

Personal Places, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)


The Prague Project, Roberson Museum of Art, Binghamton, NY (U.S.A.)[44]

"New Photorealist" Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

Summer is..., Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

Blow Up, St. Paul's Gallery, Birmingham, (Inghilterra)[45]


Re-representing Realism, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (U.S.A.)[46]

Iperrealisti, Museo Chiostro del Bramante, Rome (Italia)[47]


Night & Day, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)



  1. ^ Press, Marina (5 May 2011). Raphaella Spence: Paintings of Venice and Other Works. New York, NY: Bernarducci Meisel Gallery. pp. 1–50. ISBN 978-0-9833410-2-4. 
  2. ^ a b c "Honoring the Artist: Raphaella Spence", by Weiss, Marion, Dan’s Papers, 29 April, cover ill. 2011
  3. ^ R. Spence, Stolen Dreams, introduction by Roderick Conway Morris, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery Editions, 2003 New York (USA)
  4. ^ Re-presenting Realism, Arnot Art Museum Edition, 2003 Elmira, NY (USA)
  5. ^ The Prague Project, Roberson Museum of Arts & Sciences Editions, 2003 Binghamton, NY, (U.S.A.)
  6. ^ Iperrealisti introductions by Gianni Mercurio, Wolfgang Becker and Louis K. Meisel, Chiostro del Bramante Museum Rome, Viviani Arte Editions 2003 Italy
  7. ^ Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati, 5ª edizione by Alice Lam, Il Cigno Edizioni 2007 p.30-31, Roma (Italia)
  8. ^ Arte contemporanea peri i rifugiati, La Repubblica, 1 Dicembre 2008
  9. ^ Arte contemporanea a Sotheby’s, Il Sole 24 Ore, 30 Novembre 2008
  10. ^ Arte all’asta per l’Uganda, Corriere Della Sera, 30 Novembre 2008
  11. ^ Realist, Real Illusions by Kevin Dean, Ringling College of Art and Design Editions 2010 p.4, Sarasota (USA)
  12. ^ A Young Artist in Umbria by Roderick Conway Morris, International Herald Tribune, Sat.-Sun., 14–15 June, p. 7, illus. 2003
  13. ^ Pop chart, brushwork, Time Magazine, 4 February 2013
  14. ^ Sotto la Luce Bella del Sole Italiano, by Christine McHugh, The Artist"s Magazine, Jan.-Feb. pp. 44-49, ill, col. 2007
  15. ^ Rh+ artmagazine, "Photorealism In The Digital Age", No:91, June, July, August, Page: 46-51, 2012
  16. ^ "La mano perfetta della bellezza", Il Messaggero, September, 2009
  17. ^ Corriere Della Sera, "UNHCR e Sotheby"s, arte per i rifugiati", 14 November 2008
  18. ^ ART + Design Magazine, December issue, 2007
  19. ^ Panorama 'Clic Sulla Tela' 3 April 2003
  20. ^ La Repubblica, "Arte contemporanea all"asta per aiutare i rifugiati", 15 November 2008
  21. ^ American Art Collector, Unforeseen Reflection, September n. 35, 2008
  22. ^ Artdaily.org, 9 November 2014, "New Paintings By Roberto Bernardi and Raphaella Spence at Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery"
  23. ^ New paintings by Roberto Bernardi and new cityscapes by Raphaella Spence, Artdaily.org 18 October
  24. ^ Venice Reprise by M. Press, Blurb Editions, New York (U.S.A.) 2011
  25. ^ Crossroads by Walter Robinson and Louis Meisel, BMG Editions, New York (U.S.A.) 2007
  26. ^ Bridge of Colors by Edward Lucie Smith, BMG Editions, New York (U.S.A.) 2005
  27. ^ Stolen Dreams by Roderick Conway Morris, BMG Editions, New York (U.S.A.) 2003
  28. ^ Hyperrealism 1967-2013, Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts, spainisculture.com, Oct 7 2014 to Jan 19 2015
  29. ^ a b c d 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
  30. ^ Photorealism: Beginnings to Today, by Miranda Lash, Louis K. Meisel, and Russell Lord
  31. ^ Più vero del vero. La pittura iperrealista in mostra a Madrid by Carla Ruffino, Il sole 24 ore.com, 22 March 2013
  32. ^ El Thyssen organiza la primera gran antologica sobre el hiperrealismo, Republica.com, 10 March 2013
  33. ^ Großstädte wie gewienert, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 11 December 2012, Germany
  34. ^ Im Blickfang, 50 Jahre Fotorealismus in der Kunsthall, Schwabisches Tagblatt, 9 January th, 2013, Germany
  35. ^ Beyond Realism, by Helen and Jacques Bellefeuille, Francois Ares, Louis K. Meisel, exhibition catalogue
  36. ^ " Better-than-true art: exhibition showcases paintings that look like photographs" by John Pohl, Montreal Gazette, 31 August 2012
  37. ^ Photorealism Champion Louis Meisel on Bringing His Preeminent Collection to New Jersey, Artinfo, published 20 September 2011
  38. ^ New exhibit presents stunning collection of photorealism, Artdaily.org, published 19 September 2011
  39. ^ Huge Photorealism Exhibition opens at Mana Contemporary this weekend, by Brendan Carroll, Jersey City Independent, 13 September 2011
  40. ^ Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery and Louis K. Meisel Gallery are ALL IN with new exhibition, Artdaily.org, 7 June 2012
  41. ^ Realist, Real Illusions by Kevin Dean, Ringling College of Art and Design Editions 2010 p.4, Sarasota (USA)
  42. ^ Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati, 7ª edizione by Walter Irvine, Il Cigno Editions 2008, Roma (Italia)
  43. ^ Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati, 5ª edizione by Alice Lam, Il Cigno Editions 2007, Roma (Italia)
  44. ^ The Prague Project, by Gregory Saraceno, Roberson Museum of Art Edizioni 2004, Binghamton, NY (U.S.A.)
  45. ^ Blow Up, by Ross Alderson, St. Paul's Gallery Editions 2004, P 49-60, Birmingham (Inghilterra)
  46. ^ Re-representing Realism, by Rob Cassetti e John D. O'Hern, Arnot Art Museum Editions 2003, Elmira, NY (U.S.A.)
  47. ^ Iperrealisti, by Gianni Mercurio, Viviani Editions 2003, P 175-177, Roma (Italia)

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