Bio and Curriculum

280096253_1368598340289484_4909226876207311221_nAngel Rafael “Ralph” Vázquez-Concepción, (b. 1981, Puerto Rico)  visual artist, independent curator, and teacher librarian based in San Francisco, California. My multimedia work oscillates between conceptual and experimental practices, abstract painting, and the design of exhibitions.

My current work draws on the history of nuclear technology and the history of the study of radiation. Also, my aesthetics draws from the history of punk and the canon of science fiction. My visual work finds deep inspiration in the nuanced, layered nature of the debate surrounding the future of human energy production, and the legacy of the atomic age.

In 2015, I obtained a Master’s in curatorial practice from the California College of the Arts. In Puerto Rico, I have 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, I have contributed exhibitions to the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Minnesota Street Project, CTRL + SHFT Collective, the Red Poppy Art House, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, and the GLBT History Museum, ProArts, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

In 2018 I obtained a degree in secondary education in history and social studies at San Francisco State University. Currently, I am pursuing a second M.A. in library sciences at San Jose State University. I currently work as a public school teacher-librarian in San Francisco.

For scheduling a studio visit (if in San Francisco or virtually), or inquiries about exhibiting or purchasing work, email me at or leave me a comment below.


2017-2018 – Credential, Secondary Education, History and Social Science, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

2013-2015 – M.A. in Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California

1999-2005 – B.A. in Secondary Education, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

Select Exhibitions

entreFORMAS, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March-August 2021

The Tallest Part of the Arch, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California, February 2019

Out/Look: The Birth of QueerGLBT History Museum, San Francisco, California, October-December 2017

En nuestra angelitud/In our angelhoodLa Puerta Amarilla, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 2017

Noche de AmbienteGLBT History Museum, San Francisco, California, October 2016 to March 2017

Alma Mater: 2016 Alumni ExhibitionCalifornia College of the Arts, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, California, November 2016

Correspondencia/Correspondence, group exhibition designer, CTRL+SHFT Collective, Oakland, California, June 2016

AMALGAMATION: A Project About Systems, Networks, and CommunitiesRed Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA, Summer 2012

Select Talks and Lectures

More Than 700 Years: A conversation between curator Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción and SFAI Faculty Members, San Francisco Art Institute, California, August 29, 2019

Unearthing Queer Latinidadby Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción and Juliana Delgado Lopera, Sonoma State University, Sonoma, California, April 10, 2017

The Stuff of Trouble I and II, Contemporary Art and Necropolitics, by Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California, October 5 and 19, 2016

Select Curation

More Than 700 Years: 2019 San Francisco Art Institute Faculty Exhibition, curator, Fort Mason and 800 Chestnut SFAI Campus, June 2019

Time Machine: Recent work by Lauren Marie Taylor, curator, Pro Arts, Oakland, California, November 2018

Retrovisor: Recent work by Mónica Félix, curator, Open Studio Project at Paseo Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 2017

Bestiario/Menagerie, group exhibition, curator, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, California, January 2017

Conspiracy: Recent works by Hasmik Aga-Sarkisian, Heather Murphy, Aaron David Kissman, Ben Quinn, and Sebastian Alvarezco-curator, 2291 3rd St., Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, California, February—March 2016

Meditation on the Impacts of War: Exhibition on the Work of Berkeley-based Artist Ehren Toolco-curator, 2291 3rd St., Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, California, January—February 2016

Real Time & Space: A Group Exhibition, co-curator, 2291 3rd St., Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, California, November—December 2015

Artificial Geologies: Recent works by Malena López-Maggi, Mark Johnsen, and We Live in Paradise, co-curator, 2291 3rd St., Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, California, October—November 2015

Martin Wong: Painting is Forbiddenco-curator, Wattis Institute for  Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California, Spring 2015

Regional Junior League Series Vol. I, II, III, group exhibitions, co-curator, Museo del Arsenal de la Puntilla, co-curator, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 2010

Machinic Diagrams: Recent Works by artist Javier Román, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Spring 2010

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