Angel Rafael “Ralph” Vázquez-Concepción, (b. 1981, Puerto Rico) visual artist and educator based in San Francisco, California. My multimedia practice oscillates between conceptual and appropriative practices, abstract painting, and the design of exhibitions.

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, the GLBT History Museum, ProArts, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

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


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

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

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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