Rafael Damast has been the Exhibitions Program Manager and Curator at Taller Puertorriqueño since December, 2010, where he has curated over 40 shows. He has collaborated with outside curators and expanded exhibition venues to alternative spaces beyond Taller’s walls. Under his leadership, Taller’s Exhibitions Program has received consistent National Endowment for the Arts support, as well as the prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts grant in 2013 and again in 2018. In 2018, Andy Warhol supported two exhibition programs in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and Taller’s. Rafael’s curatorial vision aims to advance critical understanding of contemporary artists of Latinx heritage and explore the issues that resonate with Taller’s community opening opportunities for dialogue between artists, art and community. As a Venezuelan naturalized citizen, he is sensitive to the complexities of working with immigrant and ethnic communities.
Rafael graduated from the University of Rochester with a concentration in Psychology and Painting. In 2018, he was awarded an Edna Andrade grant for Kukuli Velarde’s exhibit “The Complicit Eye” and a PNC Arts Alive grant for Rafael Villamil’s “Paradise has no Memory”.