Rafael Matias is a self taught multicultural artist who is a colorful visionary; exhibiting locally, nationally, and internationally. Matias is best known for his large scale surrealistic mosaic paintings in beads, glass tiles, and sculptures.
The main theme, ever present in all of his work, is the heart, representing love and forgiveness. His art explores his personal stories and journeys. Matias was inspired to work with beads while living in South Africa .
Most impressive is the simple beauty of his pieces; the peaceful co-mingling of all the inhabitants, be they people, or imaginary beasts. Matias's combinations are always about balance and harmony between man and woman, family, community, and environments as well as finding the enlightenment to realize these dreams for all the cultures in his work.
Rafael has exhibited in solo/group shows as well as juried shows and national museums. His work has been widely collected in private galleries throughout.