Rafael was born in Madrid and has a degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. He had the opportunity to enjoy three study exchange scholarships: in Villa Arson, Nice (France), at the University of Fine Arts of Castilla la Mancha in Cuenca and another practical training scholarship in Padova (Italy) for the Fundazione per l’Arte Contemporanea.
After completing the Master of Management and Artistic Practice at the University of Murcia, he participated in Manifesta 8 Biennial of Contemporary Art of Murcia in the production department. Later he participated in the Artistic Mediation courses and also worked as an artistic educator for the Biennale.
He was interested in continuing with his artistic-educational practice together with other colleagues from the Biennial, he was part of the Medusa Mediación collective, creating artistic education projects for all types of audiences in various institutions. Medusa Mediación carried out the project "Who turns the tortilla around" which reviews the collection of three provincial museums (Murcia, León and Lugo) from a gender perspective; this project was subsidized by the Ministry of Culture.
Rafael then moved to France which allowed him to train as an artistic framer, carrying out conservation work for exhibitions in museums such as the Reina Sofía Art Center in Madrid and the Tate Britain in London.
He currently lives in London where he combines his work as an artistic framer and his artistic projects, holding individual and collective exhibitions. In 2022 he had an exhibition "Colindante Verde" in Murcia, he was selected to exhibit at the Chelsea Art Fair in London, he has participated in the group exhibition "Colours" at Stone Gallery in London and was part of the group exhibition "Above and Below" at Artizan Gallery in Torquay, England. He has also participated in the group exhibition "Auntie Freeze 6" organized by Cave Pimlico in London.
During the months of March and April 2023, Rafael has made an exhibition entitled "M@ ". A project selected by Tomás y Valiente Art Center (Madrid) through the open call of the Department of Culture for the year 2023/2024.