Influenced by urban environments, skateboarding culture, 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, where cultures and societies collide or coincide.
The streets Gonzalez wanders and the places he photographs defy time and space, they could exist anywhere in any decade, and convey the enormous complexity of urban life, putting the viewer in a position they may rarely find themselves.
His specific use of contrast, light, shadows and well-defined framing is related to his analog approach to image-making. He uses a range of film cameras, experimenting from large format to 35mm, and it gives his work a certain edge that feels both secretive and original, sacred and true.
Since 2015, his work is part of the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Panama.
In 2017, he started Intêrstate with designer Constantino Carneiro; an independent print publication focused on skateboarding, film photography, and visual arts.
Selected publications, articles, and interviews include Juxtapoz Magazine, i-D, Transworld Skateboarding, The Leica Camera blog, Lomography, Ilford Photo, Monster Children, Huck Magazine.
Books, Magazines, Journals:
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.
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 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 4, 2021.
Self-published, 80 pages, Pur Binding, laminated.
Shot in Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Panama.
Printed in Madrid, Spain.
World Photography Organization
National Award, 2013.
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. Casco Viejo, 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.