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Rodolfo Villaplana

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Rodolfo Villaplana (RAVE)
Rodolfo Villaplana (2015)
Born(1975-01-05)January 5, 1975
Education Chelsea College of Art and Design
Known forpainting
Styleportraits,still life, abstract

Rodolfo Villaplana (RAVE) (born, January 5. 1975, in Valencia, Venezuela)[1] is a Spanish-Venezuelan artist who lived and worked in Paris and London, and now resides and works in Milan, Italy.[1][2]


After graduating in 2013 with an MFA[3] from the Chelsea College of Arts, in London, he was endorsed by the Young Masters panel.[4][5] He exhibited at the London Art Fair and PINTA International Art Fair in London. In 2015 he participatedin the Art Venice Biennale3.[6] Villaplana was chosen to represent the UK in the Iranian Biennale of Art and exhibited together with Tamara Kvesitadze at a group exhibition represented by the Galerie Kornfeld.[7] In 2015 had his first major solo exhibition titled "Duchamp is Dead" at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in Tbilisi.[8][9]


Villaplana is best known for his portraits often containing motives of nudity,[10] still life of flowers and several large scale paintings, such as his works "Surprise at Pimlico" or "Ratzinger Revisited."[8]

He draws his inspiration from Neo-Expressionism and artist such as Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.[11] In October 2016, in a London show curated by Thierry Morel, featuring Rodolfo Villaplana and Tamara Kvesitadze,[6] Thierry Morel wrote about Vilaplana's art: "He deploys with his brush a wide-ranging symphony of hues and colours with uncompromising courage verging on brutality in order to portray 'the inner being' that he perceives in his sitter's body and gaze. The rough and earthy texture of his oil paint seeks to defy the limitations imposed by a two-dimensional image -- a mysterious artistic process of construction and de-construction, adjunction, falsification even, that challenges the viewers' senses and leaves them with a mixture of awe and raw emotions."[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Venezuelan artist pays tribute to femininity in Fellini". www.italianinsider.it. 2016-09-26.
  2. ^ "Rodolfo Villaplana | Saatchi Art". Saatchi Art. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  3. ^ "Alumbi Profile - Rodolfo Villaplana". www.arts.ac.uk. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  4. ^ "D-Contemporary | Rodolfo Villaplana". dcontempory.com. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  5. ^ "Rodolfo Villaplana - My Life". liveitupmagazine.com/. 2019-04-05.
  6. ^ a b "Exhibition: 'Dramatic Flesh' Rodolfo Villaplana & Tamara Kvesitadze at D-Contemporary". www.britesmag.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  7. ^ "Rodolfo Villaplana and Tamara Kvesitadze represented by GalerieKornfeld - Exhibition at D Contemporary in London". ArtRabbit. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  8. ^ a b "Inside an Artist's Studio - Renowned Venezuelan Painter Rodolfo Villaplana Based in Tbilisi". GeorgianJournal. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  9. ^ "Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art in Tbilisi". www.reinisfischer.com. 2022-02-08.
  10. ^ "Rodolfo Villaplana The Naked And The Nude New MOCA London Exhibition - Artlyst". Artlyst. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  11. ^ "Rodolfo Villaplana Portraits Explore The Characters Suffering New Venice Exhibition - Artlyst". Artlyst. 2014-06-06.