Rafael Assef

Brazilian photographer Rafael Assef approaches the human body not only as subject, but as substrate. Using ink, tattoos, and even incisions, the artist draws geometric shapes resembling maps, graphs, and data points, on skin. Photographing these drawings, the artist transforms these often painful acts into abstract, two-dimensional compositions. Usually printed large in scale, Assef’s images confront the viewer with visceral abstractions that give the skin goosebumps.


Assef has held numerous solo exhibitions at Galeria Vermelho in Sâo Paulo, as well as Galeria Lunara, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Centro Cultural Renato Russo, and Centro Cultural Solar do Barão, all of which are in Brazil. Group exhibitions include the Bienal do Fotografia de Lima 2014, Museu de Arte Moderna in Sâo Paulo, and Museu de Arte Contemporânea in Sao Paulo.

DISCOVER

a treasure trove of fine art from the world's most renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. We offer exclusive works you can't find anywhere else.

LEARN

through exclusive content featuring art news, collecting guides, and interviews with artists, dealers, collectors, curators and influencers.

BUY

authentic artworks from across the globe. Collecting with us means you're helping to sustain creative culture and supporting organizations that are making the world a better place.

CONNECT

with our art advisors for buying advice or to help you find the art that's perfect for you. We have the resources to find works that suit your needs.

INSIDER ACCESS TO THE WORLD'S BEST ART

Artspace offers you authentic, exclusive works from world-renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Collecting with us helps support creative culture while bringing you art news, interviews and access to global art resources.

  • COLLECT FROM 300+ GALLERIES & MUSEUMS