Rafa Fernández

Rafa Fernández

Rafa Fernández, San José, 1935.

At 15 years of age he entered the Casa del Artista. Quico Quirós, Paco Amighetti, Lucho Ranucci, Carlos Salazar and Dinorah Bolandi would be his teachers.

In 1958 he won a scholarship to the School of Fine Arts in Managua, Nicaragua under the direction of the master Rodrigo Peñalba.

In 1961 Manuel de la Cruz González becomes his teacher from the Group Workshop and is invited to join.

In 1968 the Dirección General de Artes y Letras offers him a scholarship which allows him to visit Spain for the first time. There he has exhibitions and begins to work in the circle of Fine Arts in Madrid and wins first prize in a drawing contest organized by the association. Between 1976 and 1978 he took courses in Artistic Lithograph in the Centro Regional de Artes Gráfica (CREAGRAF)

Latest Individual Expositions:

In 2010 he presented an anthological show of his lithographic work in the halls of the Corte Suprema de Justicia. He exhibited 25 of his latest work in the Sala Kaleidoscopio and inaugurated in Octubre the work, “Alquimia“for the Galería Arthis of Guatemala which celebrated his 60 years of his artistic career.

Valoarte 2009 honors him with a hall for his most recent works. In March of the same year he exhibits 25 large oleos in the Calderón Guardia Museum. Realismo Lírico (2008), Por los viejos caminos (2007) y La mirada furtiva (2005) were three of his most recent works in the Galería Kandinsky.

In 2004 in the Museo de Arte Costarricense he exhibits, Magia, pasión y ensueños (Magic, passion, and dreams), an anthology of 60 works from the artist.

Most Important Acknowledgements:

In 2005 he was invited to permanently exhibit a self-portrait in the Uffizi Gallery, in Florence Italy. There his painting is shown along with other immortal artists such as Chagall, Rembrandt and Delacroix.

In 2002, Rafa Fernández was honored with the Premio Magón, the maximum award given for his life-time contributions in Costa Rican culture.

During his residence in Spain he won prizes such as in Santiago en el 52 Salón de Otoño in the Centro Cultural de la Villa de Madrid and in Galerías Preciados.

On three occasions (1969, 1972 y 1975) he obtained the Nacional Aquileo J. Echeverría Award in painting.

Other Public Acknowledgements:

The National Theater, the maximum coliseum of arts in the country invited him to paint the work, “Eterno femenino”, in 2001.

He painted “La Virgen Descalza”, a canvas oleo 5.15 x 3.45 meters for the San Pedro de Montes de Oca Parish.

In 1989 celebrating the country’s one hundred years of democracy, he created a mural of 5.20 x2.10 meters celebrating the country’s one hundred years of democracy. Its name is “The Patria” and is exhibited in the Club Unión.

In 1974 he created a mural of 45 x 2.5 meters for the Clinic Marcial Fallas in Desamparados (C.R) titled “Alegoría al trabajo”


Between 1976 and 1978 he created the Parque de la Expresión, Sunday encounters in art, music and theater for children and adolescents.

In 1983 he created the Museo de la Miniatura, today known as the Museo de la Miniatura Rafa Fernández, a part of the Museo de Arte Costarricense.

His works form a part of the following museums:

Sala de Autorretratos, Galleria Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Museo del Hombre, Quito, Ecuador

Museo Nagoya, Japon

Museo Jose Luis Cuevas, México, D.F.

Museo Ralli de Arte Contemporáneo, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Museo Vial Rafael Bogarín de Pintura Latinoamericana, Venezuela

Casa de las Américas, La Havana, Cuba

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Washington D.C, U.S.A.

Museo de Arte Costarricense, San José, Costa Rica