Rafael Landea


This series of paintings was inspired by the Argentinean film “Historias Extraordinarias” directed by Mariano Llinás. Throughout the movie, we see a series of concrete monoliths that were erected as markers for a hydrologic system that was never built. One character in the movie tries to trace them in order of construction date to reconstruct the past.

I reimagined these monoliths as landmarks to moments in time where people might have met and created new life experiences.  As silent witnesses to private meetings, romances, family picnics, secret transactions or perhaps simply a place to rest on the way home, over time, the monoliths acquire a new significance as a historical registry of experiences in spite of the fact that their original purpose was never fulfilled.

Stills from “Historias Extraordinarias” de Mariano Llinás.

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Monolito, Compañía Fluvial del Plata

Rafael Landea

Rafael Landea Artista VisualRafael Landea received his MFA from La Plata University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a 2011 recipient of a San Francisco Arts Commission Grant for Individual Artists and he was featured in the 2012 “Our Radar”, Creative Capital database of art projects. His works are included in the public collections at MaM (Museum of Art and Memory), and MPB (Fine Arts Museum Buenos Aires) Argentina. His most recent solo exhibitions were “1930” Buenos Aires Holocaust Museum, “Maps of Silence”, a multimedia installation at the Exploratorium Museum of Art Science and Human Perception in San Francisco, and “Malvinas” Museum Malvinas (ESMA) Buenos Aires. Other solo exhibition venues include Grace Cathedral 1055 Gallery, San Francisco, CA, and, Archimboldo Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Group exhibition highlights include “Performance” at Gensler San Francisco, “Madres de Plaza de Mayo” CC Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires. Landea has worked as a set designer and painter for theater in Argentina for more than 15 years. He has also been actively involved in designing and producing murals nationally and internationally; the latest in San Francisco, funded by Artery Project, and collaborations in Turin and Genoa, Italy. In 2019 created two large murals, Architecture University and the Law Library both in La Plata, Argentina. He has created illustrations for magazines and books for important Argentinean publishers as Anfibia, Malisia, EME, Ediciones B, and Universities, the latest in 2021: “Malvinas mi Casa” a book based on a diary written in 1829 in Malvinas/Falklands. Landea was selected for the 2020 Prequalified Artist Pool by San Francisco Arts Commission.