Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción, (b. 1981, Puerto Rico) independent curator and artist based in San Francisco, California, founder of Cranium Corporation. His work oscillates between conceptual and appropriative practices, abstract painting, and the design of exhibitions.
His current work touches on the legacy of the atomic age, and the time scales of radioactivity, which dwarf human historical timelines, and will affect all life on Earth in perpetuity. Through abstract drawing, painting, and sound works Vázquez seeks to intimate with the history of atomic weapons and nuclear power, science fiction, and time. He is inspired by existentialist philosophy, experimental cinema, and the work of physicists and artists seeking to describe or represent the invisible. He privileges collaboration and is a firm believer in art as a tool for education and civics.
In 2015, Vázquez-Concepción obtained a Master’s in curatorial practice from the California College of the Arts. He has curated or participated in exhibitions at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and ÁREA: Space for Projects, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In San Francisco and Oakland, California, he has contributed exhibitions to the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Minnesota Street Project, CTRL + SHFT Collective, the Red Poppy Art House, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, the GLBT History Museum, ProArts, and the San Francisco Art Institute. He is also currently the 8th-grade non-fiction studies (history + science literacy) Spanish dual immersion teacher at Everett Middle School in the Mission District, San Francisco, California.
Con mucho orgullo también habla español.