Artist Rafa Esparza stands next to one of the pieces in his interactive installation HERE

rafa esparza

Occidental College’s 2016/17 Wanlass Artist in Residence

rafa esparza received his BFA from UCLA and currently works in a variety of mediums, including installation, sculpture, drawing, painting and performance. His work was included in the in the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, Made in L.A. Biennial (2016) at the Hammer Museum; the MexiCali Biennial (2013) at the Vincent Price Art Museum; and in Native Strategies 3 at Human Resources, Los Angeles (2013). Esparza was awarded a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2015), a California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2014) and an Art Matters Grant (2014).