Rafael Ferran is currently an art instructor in the New York City Public Schools. He received his Bachelor Of Arts Degree from Hunter College where he majored in Painting and Photography. In 2006, he received a three year Certificate of Completion from the National Academy School. He also won The Edward Mooney Travel Prize which allowed him to travel to Venice, Italy. While there, he collaborated with master printer Roberto Mazetto of The Bottega di Tintoretto to produce a limited edition of etchings and woodcuts. In his paintings and prints, he creates abstractions with emphasis on color as the structural framework that supports the layers of geometric and organic forms.