Born in Washington Heights, painter and tattooer Rafael Vélez, Jr
attended Fiorello H. La Guardia H.S. of
Music and Art & Performing Arts as an art major. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Studio Art) from Hunter College in 2008 and his Master of Art Education degree at The City College of New York in 2014.
Rafael has been working as a teaching artist for over 12 years in afterschool programs and day camps in New York City and has also interned at El Museo del Barrio in the Education Programs department.
He is currently working as an art teacher for a charter school in the South Bronx.
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"Pa'lante, pa'lante, como un elefante..."
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