Raphael Franco is a visual artist from São Paulo, Brazil. He graduated (BA Hons) in 2006, at Faculdade Santa Marcelina (São Paulo).
Raphael’s work is heavily influenced by architecture and city planning studies. He dissects and unfolds the city’s body, revealing guts, frictions and tensions and playing with the urban entropy. Transformations on the landscape and the diverse forms of interaction with the space are key in his research.
The artist examines the city and the forces that orient it’s growth, focusing on the tensions related to real estate speculation, memory, urban planning, the loss of creative expression in public spaces and the separation from the fauna and flora.
In his production, Raphael works with several mediums, such as actions, projects that promote space activation and reflections about the right to the city, documentation of construction works and demolitions, photo-collages that reproduce fragments of the ever-changing landscape, mappings that explore mobility and cities’ space organisation, and experiments that investigate the urban fauna and flora and how humans can relate to it.