Rafael Dante Cioci
Brazilian visual artist, Rafael Dante Cioci loves to mix media and try new techniques. He describes his work as “a mix of pop art and street art. There’s a lot of characters, faces, moods and sometimes, a message behind it. But who knows.”
Rafael’s creative practice includes art direction, graphics and interactive design, 3D animations, illustrations, drawings and paintings. His artistic influences vary from Sean Murphy, Adam Kubert, Jim Lee, Ashley Wood through to Gustav Klimt.
His relationship with art began at a young age. “Art has been my favourite thing to do since I was a kid when I started drawing superheroes on my books at school.” He studied design and advertising and began his professional career at the age of 19 at an advertising agency. Rafael first moved from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles in 2011 to join the gaming industry. He later returned to Brazil where he founded an illustration studio but found he couldn’t stay away from Venice Beach! In 2015, Rafael returned to Los Angeles and resides there today.