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Rafael Migoyo
Pittsburgh, PA

About the Artist

Ubiety: “the quality or state of being in a place.” The work I present is meant to further a conversation about how our collective timelines come together to create our individual identities.
We are born into ubiety, growing up and celebrating life before it begins to fade. We think not of our consequence, and even less to the causality of our actions. So when you look at my work, simply ask this, “What led to this?”

The beginning:

Rafael (Ravimi) was born in La Habana, Cuban in 1992. His father risked his own life in order to provide a better life for his family and journeyed by ra…

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About the Artist

Ubiety: “the quality or state of being in a place.” The work I present is meant to further a conversation about how our collective timelines come together to create our individual identities.
We are born into ubiety, growing up and celebrating life before it begins to fade. We think not of our consequence, and even less to the causality of our actions. So when you look at my work, simply ask this, “What led to this?”

The beginning:

Rafael (Ravimi) was born in La Habana, Cuban in 1992. His father risked his own life in order to provide a better life for his family and journeyed by raft during a storm to the United States. Rafael and his family finally entered the United States and sought political asylum when Rafael was five years old. Most of his family still resides in Cuba, but Rafael often returns to visit his family in Cuba where his roots remain strong.

Emerging talent:

Rafael’s talent as a photographer began to emerge when he was a junior in high school. While attending a Jesuit school for boys, he was appointed Head Media Director of the robotics team. He was awed by the power of the camera lens that captured the energy of the robotic competitions. The camera became more than just a tool in his hands. The camera was able to capture stills of life, including life’s sorrows, joys, and wonderment.

Rafael’s connection with the camera was forever changed. His hands and his eyes were one with the camera, and his energy was fused with the lens of the camera. With or without the camera, he focused on faces, objects, and places, all of which took on emotions that offered him alternative perceptions from what he was accustomed.

Even his first camera, a simple small point and shoot Casio EX-FH100, was an extension of himself rather than a tool. He examined thousands of images, researched many famous photographers, and invested thousands of hours into perfecting his art. None of his images has ever been post camera edited.

His current focus is art photography, but he considers portraiture, landscape photography, and photojournalistic images among his specialties. His work and interests remain broad though because the world offers so much opportunity to capture and immortalize fleeting time.

The traveling camera:

Rafael’s camera lens has taken him to Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Columbia. He was invited by the Director of the Photographic Arts Museum to exhibit his work for the 500th anniversary of the Cuban province, Sancti Spiritus in 2014. The invitation remains in effect for future showings. Rafael’s camera lens has taken him throughout Florida where he has captured the beauty and the wonder of the state.

Experience:

Rafael has worked as an event photographer for the Tampa Bay Bucs, head photographer for the International Lego League Competition, as photographer at weddings and birthdays, as well as free lance photography for news stations like MegaTV.

Artist’s Work

The end 4
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The End

By Rafael Migoyo

Flowers for maude
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Flowers for Maude

By Rafael Migoyo

Caribbean man
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Caribbean Man

By Rafael Migoyo

Spiritus sancti 3
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Spiritus Sancti #3

By Rafael Migoyo

Industrial cherry
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Industrial Cherry

By Rafael Migoyo

Red charlottes
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Red Charlottes

By Rafael Migoyo

A window to paradise monochrome
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A Window to Paradise (Monochrome)

By Rafael Migoyo

Transition to night by the waters edge
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Transition to Night, by the Water's edge

By Rafael Migoyo

Spiritus sancti 2
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Spiritus Sancti #2

By Rafael Migoyo

The watch tower
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The Watch Tower

By Rafael Migoyo

Child of the night
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Child of the Night

By Rafael Migoyo

Chevy interior 2
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Chevy Interior 2

By Rafael Migoyo

Evening tease
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Evening Tease

By Rafael Migoyo

Color of life against blue
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Color of Life, Against Blue

By Rafael Migoyo

In the breeze 2
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In the Breeze

By Rafael Migoyo

A window to paradise color
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A Window to Paradise (Color)

By Rafael Migoyo

Forest fire
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Forest Fire

By Rafael Migoyo

Christmas sunset
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Christmas Sunset

By Rafael Migoyo

De la caridad
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Spiritus Sancti

By Rafael Migoyo

The end 3
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The End

By Rafael Migoyo

Path of sublime
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Path of Sublime

By Rafael Migoyo

Old giving way to the new
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Old Giving Way to the New

By Rafael Migoyo

Sapphire water 2
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Sapphire Water

By Rafael Migoyo

This very moment
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This Very Moment

By Rafael Migoyo

Still to this day
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Still to This Day

By Rafael Migoyo

Forever moor
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Forever Moor

By Rafael Migoyo

Chevy interior
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Chevy Interior

By Rafael Migoyo

Journey to valle del cocora
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Journey to Valle del Cocora

By Rafael Migoyo

River between the mountains
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River Between the Mountains

By Rafael Migoyo

Habana taxi
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Habana Taxi

By Rafael Migoyo

Harmony beach
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Harmony Beach

By Rafael Migoyo

The end 1
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The End

By Rafael Migoyo

Untitled 292
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Untitled

By Rafael Migoyo

Downtown texture
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Downtown Texture

By Rafael Migoyo

Between the cherries
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Between the Cherries

By Rafael Migoyo

A brush of white
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A brush of White

By Rafael Migoyo

A relationship
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A Relationship

By Rafael Migoyo

Blue sunset
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Blue Sunset

By Rafael Migoyo

Plane in the sky
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Plane in the Sky

By Rafael Migoyo

Tsunamini
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Tsunamini

By Rafael Migoyo

Paseo de marcos garcia
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Paseo de Marcos Garcia

By Rafael Migoyo

Returning home 3
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Returning Home

By Rafael Migoyo

Cuba
Trinidad palm
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Trinidad Palm

By Rafael Migoyo

"The Beginning, The End"
The beginning
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The Beginning

By Rafael Migoyo