Rafaël Rozendaal – Biography

Black and white portrait of Rafael Rozendaal in a park

Born in 1980, Dutch-Brazilian artist Rafaël Rozendaal lives and works among other locations, in New York. Born to artist parents, Rozendaal began painting and drawing as a young child, before later pursuing studies at the Academie Beeldende Kunsten, in Maastricht, where he graduated in 2002. In his own words, he uses the Internet as his canvass. His artistic work covers websites, installations and drawings. He holds lecture tours around the globe and is an author. His core activity consists in his works on screen, each with its own domain boasting an estimated 30 million visits per year. In his work, he explores the screen as pictorial space. His installations and two-dimensional works are invariably based on user experience with the new media, and seek to develop to develop a new imagery and material language by drawing on traditional artistic genres. Rozendaal also became well-known for his open curatorial format “BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)”. To these events one brings one’s own projectors, and videos are projected. Rozendaal reaches a broad public with his works. For this reason it is not surprising that his works have already been reported on by such various media as Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Flash Art, Dazed & Confused, Interview, Wired, Purple, McSweeney’s, O Globo, Vice, Creators Project, Artreview, Metropolis M, +81, La Repubblica, and Vogue.

Recent Exhibitions


  • Looking at Something, Telfair Museum, Savannah/USA
  • Unpainted, media art fair, Munich/Deutschland


  • Everything you see is in the past, Postmasters Gallery, New York/USA (solo-exhibition)
  • Seoul Art Square, Seoul/South Korea (solo-exhibition)
  • Being in the wired world, Kawasaki City Museum, Japan
  • Node Festival, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Germany


  • Everything Always Everywhere, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles/USA (solo-exhibition)
  • Bright Lights After Armageddon, curated by Mark Brown, New York/USA
  • Richteriana, Postmasters Gallery, New York/USA
  • Dotcom, Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble/France
  • Everything Dies, curated by Vlado Velkov, Kunstverein Arnsberg/Germany (solo-exhibition)
  • DLD Conference, curated by Johannes Fricke and Hans Ulrich Obrist


  • New Information, Nordin Gallery, Stockholm/Schweden (solo-exhibition)
  • In Motion, curated by Jiminie Ha, With Project Space, New York/USA (solo-exhibition)
  • Extimacy, curated by Pier Giorgio De Pinto, CACT, Lugarno/Switzerland
  • BYOB Venice, Biennale di Venezia, Venice/Italy (curator)
  • File Festival, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
  • Rhizome at the Armory, curated by Lauren Cornell, New York/USA


Author: Matthias Kampann