Photograph of Artist RAPHAEL PEREZ  ISRAELI PAINTER
RAPHAEL PEREZ ISRAELI PAINTER
Tel Aviv, - Israel



Original Artworks (149)

Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Gay Couple Kissing And Da..., 2017, Original Painting Acrylic, 59 x 59 inches. Artwork description: 241 gay men love art kissing homosexual artist raphael perez queer artworks paintings homoerotic painter lgbt artists painters ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2017
59 x 59 inches (149.9 x 149.9 cm)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Still Life Painting, 2019, Original Painting Acrylic, 120 x 120 cm. Artwork description: 241 still life painting flowers pot flowers on potted raphael perez israeli painter ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2019
120 x 120 cm (47.2 x 47.2 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Jewish Art Painting, 2019, Original Painting Acrylic, 250 x 140 cm. Artwork description: 241 jewish art paintings Paintings of the Religious Jew World Rabbis pray in synagogues jews wedding art by raphael perez ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2019
250 x 140 cm (98.4 x 55.1 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Still Life Painting, 2019, Original Painting Acrylic, 100 x 100 cm. Artwork description: 241 still life painting artwork by raphael perez israeli painter acrylic on canvas studio work place ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2019
100 x 100 cm (39.4 x 39.4 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; The Red Room, 2019, Original Painting Acrylic, 170 x 110 cm. Artwork description: 241 the red room raphael perez after henri matisse erotic male nude paintings ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2019
170 x 110 cm (66.9 x 43.3 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Tel Aviv Skyline, 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 250 x 150 cm. Artwork description: 241 tel aviv skyline naive urban landscape paintings by israeli painter raphael perez ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
250 x 150 cm (98.4 x 59.1 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Naive Art Paintings Folk, 2015, Original Painting Acrylic, 240 x 130 cm. Artwork description: 241 naive art, naive painting, naive painter, naive paintings, folk art, folk painting, folk paintings, landscape painting, landscape paintings, landscape art, landscape artists, ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2015
240 x 130 cm (94.5 x 51.2 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Cityscape Landscape Painting, 2015, Original Painting Acrylic, 100 x 200 cm. Artwork description: 241 cityscape landscape painting urban landscapes paintings israeli artist raphael perez naive art painting ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2015
100 x 200 cm (39.4 x 78.7 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Lgbt Artist Homoerotic Art, 1999, Original Painting Acrylic, 100 x 200 cm. Artwork description: 241 lgbt artist homoerotic art by israeli painter raphael perez queer paintings gay art painting...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 1999
100 x 200 cm (39.4 x 78.7 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Naive Art Painter, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 200 x 70 cm. Artwork description: 241 naive art painter raphael perez israeli artist painters folk artworks paintings naif artists urban landscape painting cityscape artwork...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
200 x 70 cm (78.7 x 27.6 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Naive Urban Painter, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 150 x 150 cm. Artwork description: 241 naive urban painter  cityscape paintings landscape artist folk artworks painters artists ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
150 x 150 cm (59.1 x 59.1 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Cityscape Naive Painter, 2013, Original Painting Acrylic, 250 x 160 cm. Artwork description: 241 cityscape naive painter raphael perez israeli artist urban naif paintings ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2013
250 x 160 cm (98.4 x 63.0 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Naive Folk Painter, 2011, Original Painting Acrylic, 200 x 100 cm. Artwork description: 241 naive folk painter raphael perez israeli artist naif artworks paintings new york city at night ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2011
200 x 100 cm (78.7 x 39.4 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Naive Artists Painters, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 150 x 200 cm. Artwork description: 241 naive painter raphael perez israeli artist folk artworks paintings landscape urban painting artists painters ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
150 x 200 cm (59.1 x 78.7 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Lgbt Artist Painter Art, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 120 x 80 cm. Artwork description: 241 lgbt artist painter  art by raphael perez israeli artists glbt artists painter queer artworks paintings homosexual love painting homoerotic artworks ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
120 x 80 cm (47.2 x 31.5 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Realistic Painter Artist, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 140 x 110 cm. Artwork description: 241 realistic painter artist   raphael perez israeli artists painter realism art paintings ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
140 x 110 cm (55.1 x 43.3 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Homosexual Art Paintings, 2018, Original Painting Oil, 100 x 150 cm. Artwork description: 241 homosexual art paintings queer artist raphael perez homoerotic painter gay artists painters ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Oil Painting, 2018
100 x 150 cm (39.4 x 59.1 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Landscape Naive Paintings, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 200 x 150 cm. Artwork description: 241 landscape naive paintings naife artworks painting israeli artist raphael perez folk urban artworks ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
200 x 150 cm (78.7 x 59.1 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Gay Men Love Art Kissing, 2018, Original Painting Acrylic, 150 x 150 cm. Artwork description: 241 gay men love art kissing homosexual artist raphael perez queer artworks paintings homoerotic painter lgbt artists painters ...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Acrylic Painting, 2018
150 x 150 cm (59.1 x 59.1 inches)
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Raphael Perez  Israeli Painter ; Homoerotic Painters Artists, 2018, Original Painting Oil, 100 x 200 cm. Artwork description: 241 homoerotic painters queer artists  homo erotic artworks paintings homosexual painter queer art paintings erotic nude painting...
Raphael Perez Israeli Painter
Original Oil Painting, 2018
100 x 200 cm (39.4 x 78.7 inches)
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Artist Statement

Pride and Prejudice: on Raphael Perez's Artwork

Raphael Perez, born in 1965, studied art at the College of Visual Arts in Beer Sheva, and from 1995 has been living and working in his studio in Tel Aviv. Today Perez plays an important role in actively promoting the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) art and culture in Tel Aviv, and the internet portal he set up helps artists from the community reach large audiences in Israel and abroad. Hundreds of his artworks are part of private collections in Israel and abroad, and his artworks were shown in several group exhibitions: in Tel Aviv Museum of Art, "Zman Le'Omanut" art gallery, Camera Obscura, The Open House in Jerusalem, Ophir Gallery, The Haifa Forum and other private businesses and galleries.
In 2003-4 his paintings and studio appeared in a full-length movie, three student films and two graduation films.

Raphael Perez is the first Israeli artist to express his lifestyle as a Gay. His life and the life of the LGBT community are connected and unfold over hundreds of artwork pieces. His art creation is rare and extraordinary by every Israeli and international artistic standard. His sources of inspiration are first and foremost life events intertwined in Jewish and Israeli locality as well as influences and quotes from art history (David Hockney, Matisse). This uniqueness has crossed international borders and has succeeded in moving the LGBT and art communities around the world.

This is the first time we meet an Israeli artist who expresses all of his emotions in a previously unknown strength. The subjects of the paintings are the everyday life of couples in everyday places and situations, along with the aspiration to a homosexual relationship and family, equality and public recognition. Perez's works bring forward to the cultural space and to the public discourse the truth about living as LGBT and about relationships, with all of their aspects – casual relationships and sex, the yearning for love, the everyday life and the mundane activities that exist in every romantic relationship – whether by describing two men in an intimate scene in the bathroom, the bedroom or the toilet, a male couple raising a baby or the homosexual version of the Garden of Eden, family dinners, relationship ups and downs, the complexity in sharing a life as well as mundane, everyday life competing with the aspiration to self realization – through Perez's life.


Perez's first artworks are personal diaries, which he creates at 14 years of age. He makes sure to hide these diaries, as in them he keeps a personal journal describing his life events in the most genuine way. In these journals he draws thousands of drawings and sketches, next to which he alternately writes and erases his so-called "problematic texts", texts describing his struggle with his sexual orientation. His diaries are filled with obsessive cataloging of details, daily actions, friends and work, as well as repeating themes, such as thoughts, exhibits he has seen, movies, television, books and review of his work.

When he is done writing, Perez draws on his diaries. Each layer is done from beginning to end all along the journal. In fact, the work on the diaries never ends.
This struggle never ends, and when the emotion is passed on to paper, and it ends its role and becomes meaningless in a way, the visual-graphic side becomes dominant, due to the need to hide the written text, according to Perez. In books and diaries this stands out even more – when he chooses to draw in a style influenced by children's drawings, the characters are cheerful, happy, naïve and do not portray any sexuality, and when he tries drawing as an adult the sketches became more depressed and somber. During these years Perez works with preschool children, teaching them drawing and movement games. Perez says that during this period he completely abandoned the search for a relationship, either with a woman or a man, and working with children has given him existential meaning. This creation continues over 10 years, and Perez creates about 60 books-personal journals in various sizes (notepads, old notebooks, atlases and even old art books).

In his early paintings (1998-1999) the transition from relationships with women to relationships with men can be seen, from restraint to emotional outburst in color, lines and composition. Some characters display strong emotional expression. The women are usually drawn in restraint and passiveness, while a happy and loving emotional outburst is expressed in the colors and style of the male paintings.

"I fantasized that in a relationship with a woman I could fly in the sky, love, fly. However, I felt I was hiding something; I was choked up, hidden behind a mask, as if there was an internal scream wanting to come out. I was frustrated, I felt threatened…"

His first romance with a man in 1999 has drawn out a series of naïve paintings dealing with love and the excitement of performing everyday actions together in the intimate domestic environment.

"The excitement from each everyday experience of doing things together and the togetherness was great, so I painted every possible thing I liked doing with him."

From the moment the self-oppression and repression stopped, Perez started the process of healing, which was expressed in a burst of artworks, enormous in their size, amount, content and vivid colors – red, pink and white.

In 2000 Perez starts painting the huge artworks describing the hangouts of the LGBT community (The Lake, The Pool) and the Tel Avivian balcony paintings describing the masculine world, which, according to him, becomes existent thanks to the painting. Perez has dedicated this year to many series of drawings and paintings of the experience of love, in which he describes his first ...   Read More