Discipline: Visual Art – photography

Rafael Soldi

Discipline: Visual Art – photography
Region: Seattle, WA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian-born, Seattle-based artist and curator. His practice centers on how queerness and masculinity intersect with larger topics of our time such as immigration, memory, and loss.

He has been awarded fellowships at Bogliasco Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and PICTURE BERLIN. He was awarded the 2022 Gary Glant Special Recognition Award by the Seattle Art Museum. His first monograph, Imagined Futures, was published by Candor Arts in 2020. His large-scale installation, Cargamontón, was acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 2022.

His solo exhibitions include those at the Frost Art Museum in Miami, and an upcoming show at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. While at MacDowell, Rafael worked on two projects for the exhibition at the Frye Art Museum.

Portrait by Jess T Dugan



Rafael Soldi worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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