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Rafa Macarrón

Abstracted cosmic figures with poignant lyricism.

“They are born from a fantastic, surreal and expressionist figuration. I consider them hybrid characters closely related to my admiration for Dubuffet, Bonifacio, and Alfonso Fraile.“

Rafa Macarrón paints abstract figures in daily acts of tender comedy. A former physiotherapist, he uses his anatomical knowledge to create exaggerated body shapes. Their giant, cubist hands and feet disrupt perspective and float in unstructured space. Some paintings show stark singular portraits. Others show colourful crowded panoramas – with figures congregating at bus stops or beaches. Macarrón’...

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Rafa Macarrón (he him) was born in 1981 in Madrid, Spain where he continues to live and work.

Did you know?

In Macarrón’s work, colourful, varnished nails pop up as a theme. When he was 5 years old, he was taken to Montparnasse in Paris where he was inspired by the women he saw there. The nails have featured in his work ever since.

At Auction

Rutina Fluor (2019) was purchased for HK $4.3m (US $550,280) at Sotheby’s HK 2021 Modern and Contemporary Art Sale – more than 6 times the painting's upper estimate.

Collaborations with Rafa Macarrón