Rafa Macarrón lives and works in Madrid, Spain. “I need to think about art, live with him and escape with him” Rafa Macarrón (Madrid, January 1, 1981) self-taught artist, studied at the “Estudio” school, ex-cyclist and former physiotherapist. Son of architects Rafael Macarrón and María del Carmen Jaqueti. In addition they were both art collectors, he has lived fully immersed in culture. He is obsessed by the loneliness of man before the immensity of the universe. In his paintings, Macarrón creates unique beings that claim the full prominence of each work and that embody both the universal and the unrepeatable. He paints everyday situations taken out of context and altered by the deformity of the characters that give off tenderness and kindness. His paintings often play between two and three dimensions, adding architectural elements and volumes. He uses all kinds of colors, a great challenge for him. He works with deceptive colors and sometimes makes mixtures that seem impossible but they end up being successful. Influenced by the comic, the Spanish painting of the 50s and 60s, the work of Fraile, Matta or Quirós, Macarrón becomes a reference in the painting of our time. Winner of the first BMW paint prize in 2011, he has been present in various countries and has participated in numerous fairs such as West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai, KIAF Art Seoul, The Armory Show NY, ARCOmadrid, Zona Maco, Art Central HK, Art Miami and Art Moscow.


S O L O E X H I B I T I O N S 2019 “Fluorescent Routine”. Allouche Gallery, New York
2017 “Cuando un hombre entra en una habitación lleva toda su vida con él”. Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid
2016 “En familia”, Galería Juan Silió, Santander, Spain
2013 “El reino de la fantasía no puede morir”, Galería Distrito 4, Madrid
2011 “La Ciudad Acabada”, Galería Distrito 4, Madrid
2010 “En las nubes”, Galería Adora Calvo, Salamanca, Spain
G R O U P E X H I B I T I O N 2015 “Luz del Mediterráneo”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Alicante, Spain
2014 “Jóvenes pintores Fundación Gaceta 1996-2012”, Museo DA2, Salamanca, Spain
2013 “Casa de las Bóvedas”, Universidad de Puebla, Mexico
2011 “ARTENAVAS”, Convento de Santo Domingo y San Pablo, Avila, Spain
2010 “La memoria del laberinto”. Homenaje a Miguel Hernández, Centro de Congresos Elche, Spain
“Apostar por el arte 2010-2011”, Galería Cordeiros, Oporto, Portugal
2009 “Paisajes contemporáneos”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Elche, Spain.
A W A R D S & H O N O R S 2013 ARCO Best Artist
2010 Premio BMW de Pintura, First Place Award
Certamen de Pintura Jóvenes pintutores Fundación Gaceta, First Place Award 2009
Certamen Internacional de Pintura Royal Premier Hoteles, First Place Award.
A R T W O R K S I N M U S E U M S & C O L L E CT I O N S Cristina Masaveu Paterson, Spain
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York
Fundación BMW, Spain
Fundación Vivanco, LA Rioja, Spain
Caja Campo, Valladolid, Spain
Cooperativa Virgen de las Viñas, Tomelloso, Spain
Colección Pilar Citoler, Spain
Colección Mercadona, Spain
A R T F A I R S 2019
West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai
Art Taipei
KIAF Art Seoul
Art New York
Art Central, Hong Kong
Art Miami
Art Lima
Art New York
Untitled San Francisco
Art Central Hong Kong
Arteba, Buenos Aires
Independent Brussels
Art Lima
Art New York
Art Miami