Scottsdale Independent

Longtime Phoenix artist displays mixed-media art in Scottsdale

A piece by artist Rafael Navarro. (submitted photo)

Mixed-media artist Rafael Navarro has announced his solo exhibition this fall in Scottsdale, entitled Sound of Color.

Mr. Navarro’s exhibit features a body of work highlighting the artist’s love of art and music, his range and mastery of skill, and works filled with symbolism, spirit and craftsmanship, according to a press release.

The exhibition will feature a variety of mediums including painting, mixed-media and sculpture. It will open at Royse Contemporary in downtown Scottsdale on Thursday, Oct. 19.

“I prefer to communicate visually, in a poetic manner, making similarities in the creation of life, music and art,” Mr. Navarro said in a prepared statement.

Sound of Color highlights a collection of work inspired by music and musical instruments themselves, which the artist says are already artworks by themselves. Mr. Navarro blends mediums, symbolism and craftsmanship into dynamic and enthralling works of arts, according to curator Nicole Royse.

“What I love most about Navarro’s work is his keen eye for details, the strong imagery he depicts and the stories each piece tells,” she said in a prepared statement.

Originally from Mexico City, Mr. Navarro has lived in Phoenix since 1989 when he was an active and vital part of the ever-growing Phoenix arts community. He began creating at a young age playing and sculpting with clay daily, eventually exploring other mediums with a few art courses, the press release stated.

He is primarily a self-taught artist that possesses such a mastery of craft while having the ability to skillfully handle a variety of mediums.

He currently shares an art studio and gallery with two artists at The Lodge Art Studio in the Grand Avenue arts district.

The opening reception in Scottsdale will be 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, coinciding with the weekly Thursday night Scottsdale ArtWalk. The evening will feature a brief talk by Ms. Royse addressing the artist and his work, along with an opportunity to meet the artist.

Sounds of Color will be on view through Saturday, Nov. 4. Royse Contemporary is at 7077 E. Main Street, suite 6.