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Self Portrait - Somewhere in Czech Republic

Influenced by skateboarding culture, urban landscapes and daily life scenarios, Rafael Gonzalez has developed a signature vision exploring the relationship of these elements through meticulously constructed images taken in a variety of places that defy time and space, they could exist anywhere in any decade, and convey the enormous complexity of the urban life, where cultures and societies collide or coincide.


Employing a diverse array of cameras spanning various formats, ranging from 35mm to 4x5 and even motion picture, he infuses his work with a distinctive edge that exudes both dedication and authenticity, perfectly aligned with his unique approach to the art of image-making.


Selected publications, articles, and interviews include Juxtapoz Magazine, i-D, Leica Fotografie International, The Leica Camera Blog, Lomography, Ilford Photo, Hypebeast, Monster Children, Huck Magazine.

Rafael is currently based in Panama, and available for assignments worldwide.


Books, Magazines, Journals:

Intêrstate Issue 4, 2021.

Self-published, 80 pages, Pur Binding, laminated.

Shot in Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Panama

Printed in Madrid, Spain.

Intêrstate Issue 3, 2019.

Self-published, 72 pages, Pur Binding, laminated.

Shot in Paris, Barcelona, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland.

Printed in Galicia, Spain.

Intêrstate Issue 2, 2018.

Self-published, 76 pages, Pur Binding, laminated.

Shot in New York City, San Francisco, and Barcelona.

Printed in Cologne, Germany.

Intêrstate Issue 1, 2017.

Self-published, 88 pages, Pur Binding, laminated.

Shot in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Helsinki, Lyon, Tallinn, Bogota, and Panama.

Printed in Cologne, Germany.

Thank You Skate Book (Collective)

Published: 2015

Publisher: Ediciones La Nit

ISBN: 978-84-608-3652-0

Pages: 136



World Photography Organization

National Award, 2013.


Permanent collections:


Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá.



  • Solo Skate Magazine Issue 50 release (collective); Copenhagen Open, June 14th - June 18th, 2023. Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Depository Group Show by Hung Supply; Wester Gallery, October 7th - October 28th, 2022. New Castle West, Australia.

  • Eight Inch Blunt (Collective); The Corner Gallery, May 7th - May 19th, 2021. Perth, Australia.

  • Papel Protagonista (Collective); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá, January – March 2019. Panama, Panama.


  • Interstate Issue 2 Release (Solo Exhibition); FTC Barcelona, June 2018. Barcelona, Spain.


  • Skate a la Plaza (Collective); Museo de Antioquia, June 24th - July 31st 2017. Medellin, Colombia.


  • Adidas Showcase (Collective); Jeronimo Art Gallery, June 2017. Panama, Panama.


  • Red Roses (Collective); Book & Job Gallery, March 2nd, 2017. San Francisco, California.


  • Thank You, Lamono Skate Book Release (Collective); BRIGHT Trade Show, January 19th, 2016. Berlin, Germany.


  • Expresión Furtiva (Collective); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá, September 9th – November 20th 2015. Panama, Panama.


  • Time Stops (Solo Exhibition); FTC Barcelona, July 2nd, 2015. Barcelona, Spain.


  • Jeounju International Photo Festival (Collective); May 2015. Jeounju, South Korea.


  • “Double Exposure” (Collective); Book & Job Gallery, September 13th, 2014. San Francisco, California.


  • Sony World Photography Awards, National Award: Central America (Collective); Somerset House, April 2013. London, England.


  • Barcelona Showcase 2012 (Collective); Casa Batlló, December 14th, 2012. Barcelona, Spain.


  • Monster Children Photo Annual Release (Collective); Sun Studios, November 2012. Sydney, Australia.


  • Gitanos Internacionales (Collective); October 2012. Athens, Greece.


  • Barcelona Showcase 2011 (Collective); Casa Batlló, December 10th, 2011. Barcelona, Spain.

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