Raphaella Spence

"Looking at Spence’s compositions, one is left in no doubt that the artist has an acute photographer’s eye, while the finesse of her brushwork in oils and her unique excellent technical skill is remarkable.The final canvases have a vibrant, dream - like luminosity. These are labours of unique virtuosity , love and emotional detachment is the last thing they suggest."

 by Edward Lucie Smith


Raphaella Spence has received critical recognition for her work in widely circulated newspapers and magazines including The International Herald Tribune, ART + Design Magazine, rh+ art magazine, The Spectator, The artist’s Magazine, Art News, Dan’s Papers, Arte di Giorgio Mondadori, Panarama, La Republica, Corriere Della Sera and Il Messaggero.

Her paintings are included in private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada, England, Russia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. In April 2011 Dan’s Papers dedicated the front cover to Raphaella Spence.

At the end of 2012 Raphaella Spence took part in an international museum tour on Photorealism (Hyperrealism) which will start at the Kunsthalle Tübingen Museum, Tübingen (Germany) and will be continued at the Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (Spain), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, (England), NOMA - New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans (U.S.A.), OKCMOA - Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklaoma City (U.S.A.) and The Butler Institute Of American Art, Howland Township, Ohio (U.S.A.).


2016    Saints and Sinners, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

2014    A Million Lights, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

2012   Night and Day, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

2011    Venice Reprise, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

2009    Beijing, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
2007    Crossroads, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
2005    Bridge of Colors, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
2004    Albemarle Gallery, London
2003    Stolen Dreams, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York



2016    Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

             Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Kumu - Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

             Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Osthaus Museum Hagen, Hagen, Germany

2015    Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Museo de Bellas Ares de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

             Cityscapes, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

             True Colors, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

             Art Miami, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

             Art Miami, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

             Cityscape paintings, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

2014    Photorealism: The Sydney and Walfa Besthoff Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans (U.S.A.)

             Context Art Miami 2014, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.)

             Art Silicon Valley, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, San Francisco (U.S.A.)

2013    Rarity Summer Salon Show, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos

2012    Rarity Summer Salon Show, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos

2011    Rarity Summer Salon Show, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos
2010    Rarity Summer Salon Show, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos
2009    "Summer Views: Gallery Artists and Invitational, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Small Paintings from Around the World" Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Arte Contemporanea per I Rifugiati", UNHCR, Sotheby"s Milan, Italy
             "Arte Contemporanea per I Rifugiati", Open Care, Milan, Italy
2008    "SPF 20 - Shades of Summer," Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Unforeseen Reflections," Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Arte Contemporanea per I Rifugiati", seventh edition, Sotheby"s Milan, Italy
             "Arte Contemporanea per I Rifugiati" seventh edition, preview exhibition, Sotheby"s Rome
             "Monaco 2008" Meet and Greet, Prince Fine Arts, Monte Carlo, Monaco
             "Art Chicago 2008" Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007    "Arte Contemporanea per I Rifugiati", UNHCR, Rome, Italy
             "Real Time " Focus: Redefining the Painted Landscape", curated by Paul Caranicas and Emma                                      Tapley,  Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Structure," Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Iperrealisti," Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati", Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy
             "Arte Contemporanea per I Rifugiati", UNHCR, Christies Milan, Italy
             "New Cityscape paintings", Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Art 20", Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             Albemarle Gallery, London, England
2006    "Summer Suite" Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             Three person show, Albemarle Gallery, London
             "10th Anniversary" Albemarle Gallery, London
             "Winter Reflections," Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
2005    "New Photorealists" Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
             "Personal Places", Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
2004    "The Prague Project", Roberson Museum of Art, Binghamton, NY
             "New Photorealist" Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York
             "Summer is...", Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Blow Up", St. Paul"s Gallery, Birmingham, England
2003    "Snow: Paintings of Winter", Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Iperrealisti," Museum Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy
             "Arte Fiera 2003", Mostra Mercato d'Arte Contemporanea Galleria Artesegno, Bologna, Italy
             Galleria Artesegno, Udine, Italy
             Galleria Ortarte, Novara, Italy
             Alexander of Florence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
             Galleria Comoarte, Como, Italy
             "Historic Sites & Structures," Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "New Year, New Works," Albemarle Gallery, London
             "Summer 2003," Albemarle Gallery, London
             "Re-representing Realism," Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
2002    "Night & Day" Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York
             "Arte Fiera 2002", Mostra Mercato d'Arte Contemporanea Galleria Artesegno, Bologna, Italy
             Galleria Ortarte, Novara, Italy
             Galleria Artesegno, Udine, Italy
             Fiera d'Arte Contemporanea, Galleria Questarte, Innsbruk, Austria traveling to Galleria
             Artesegno, Vicenza, Galleria Artesegno, Udine, Galleria Artesegno, Vienna, Austria
             "Casa Moderna", Progetto, Udine, Italy
             Galleria Comoarte, Como, Italy
             Personale Galleria Monopoli Arte Contemporanea, Pavia, Italy
             Galleria Ortarte, Novara, Italy
             Progetto "Casa Moderna", Udine, Italy
             "Art Padova 2001", Mostra Mercato d'Arte Contemporanea Galleria Artesegno, Padova, Italy
2000    Colletiva Assicurazioni Generali, Poggio Bello, Udine, Italy
             Personale Galleria Artesegno, Udine, Italy
             Personale Galleria Monopoli Arte Contemporanea, Pavia, Italy
             "Art Padova 2000", Mostra Mercato d'Arte Contemporanea Galleria Artesegno, Padova
             Galleria Ortarte, Novara, Italy
             Galleria Questarte Dolo, Venezia, Italy
             Galleria Artesegno, Udine, Italy
1999    Collettiva Palazzo Comunale, Todi, Italy




2016    The Artist Forum, Saints & Sinners/Bernardi by Michael Goldstein, March 06

             Saints and Sinners, American Art Collector, March 2016, pag 94-97

             Saints & Sinners, Arttrade.TV, 27 Feb 2016

2015    Repubblica.it, Il vestito di Beuys, 22-08-2015

             Eldiario.es, “La exposición 'Hiperrealismo 1967-2013' del Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao concluye el                        próximo día 19” by Europa Press Bilbao,  07 Gen

             SociArt Network, "una coppia iperrealista. Spence e Bernardi" by D. Marcatajo 05-08-15

             Revista Indie, Hiperrealismo.1967-2012, by Sara Fernandez

             Social Periodico, Iperrealismo, l'inganno dell'arte by Alessandra Pelliccia

2014    Photorealism in the Digital Age, Abrams Editions, pag. from 255 to 262

             Seven Bridges Volume 2, 2008-2013, Seven Bridges Editions, pag 147-148

             Photorealism: Beginnings to Today, by Miranda Lash, Louis K. Meisel, and Russell Lord

             Artdaily.org, 9 November 2014, "New Paintings By Roberto Bernardi and Raphaella Spence at                                      Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery"

             Abitare(Corriere della Sera), 3 March," I maestri del Fotorealismo a Birmingham"

             VIP (Romanian Edition), 17 May, "Lumea banului si elita artei mondiale"

             20 Minutos” El Museo Bellas Artes de Bilbao acoge una retrospectiva con 68 obras emblemáticas del                          movimiento hiperrealista”by Europa press 07 Oct

2013    The Thelegraph, “Photorealism, at Birmingham Museum, review” By Alastair Smart 05 Dec 2013

             Time Magazine, 4 February 2013, "Brushwork, Hyperrealistic painter Raphaella Spence..."

             20 Minutos “El Thyssen inaugura una gran antología de pintura hiperrealista”by Helena Celdran, 14 March 2013    Finanzas.com, 12 May 2013 "50 anos de Hiperrealismo. Esto no es una foto"

             El Confidencial, 22 March 2013, "El espectaculo Hiperrealista esegura la taquilla al Thyssen"

             Radio Madrid, 21 March 2013, "El hiperrealismo pictorico ilega al Museo Thyssen"

             Revista de Arte, 21 March 2013, "El Impactante Hiperrealismo americano y europeo en el Museo Thyssen-                Bornemisza"

             El Imparcial, 30 March 2013, "Museo Thyssen: Hiperrealismo"

             Republica.com, 10 March 2013, "El Thyssen organiza la primera gran antologica sobre el Hiperrealismo"

             Tele Madrid, 22 March 2013, "Hiperrealismo en el Thyssen"

             Unicom blog(Confindustria), 24 March 2013," In mostra a Madrid la pittura iperrealista"

             El Confidencial, 21 March 2013, "La Magica confusion del hiperrealismo, en el Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza"

             ABC.es Cultura, 22 March 2013,"La realidad supera a la realidad en el Museo Thyssen"

             Birmingham Post, 23, Aug 2013, "Picture Gallery: Europe's first photorealism retrospective to go on show in              Birmingham"

             Birmingham Post “ From Shelton to New York...”, by Graham Young, 06 Dec

             Il sole 24 ore, 22 March 2013, " Più vero del vero, la pittura iperrealista in mostra a Madrid"

             Schwabishes Tablatt, 9 January 2013, "Im Blickfang"

             Fine Art Conoisseur, "Raphaella Spence: Beyond Realism"by Jeffrey Carlson

             Art-Magazin.de,  “Drei Generatiopnen der Fotorealisten”,  by Adrienne Braun 02 Gen 2013

2012    Fotorealismus, 50 Jahre Hyperrealistiche Malerei, European Museum Tour catalogue, Hatje Cantz Editions

             Artdaily.org, New painting by Roberto Bernardi and new cityscapes by Raphaella Spence, October 18

             The New York Observer, pag. b 22, October

             Blouin Art Info, by Chloe Wyma, October 18

             Rh+ artmagazine, "Photorealism In The Digital Age", No:91, June, July, August, Page: 46-51

             Beyond Realism, by Helen and Jacques Bellefeuille, Francois Ares, Louis K. Meisel, exhibition catalogue

             Montreal Gazette " Better-than-true art: exhibition showcases paintings that look like photographs" by                      John Pohl, 31 August 2012
            "Post War and Contemporary Art - Morning Session", Christie's New York, Auction Catalogue - May 2012

             Beyond Realism, by Helen and Jacques Bellefeuille, Francois Ares, Louis K. Meisel, exhibition catalogue

             The New York Observer, pag 55, May 16

             Schwabisches Tagblatt, 7 December 2012, " Des abbild dieses bildes ist bezaubern schon"

             Schwabisches Tagblatt, 11 December 2012, "Ewiger Hochglanz"

             Stuttgarter Zeitung, 11 December 2012
2011     Weiss, Marion. "Honoring the Artist", Dan's Papers, April 28.
2009    Il Messaggero, "La mano perfetta della bellezza", September
2008    O"Hern, John, "First Snow," American Art Collector, Dec., pp. 54-55, ill., col.
             Edtr., American Art Collector, Sep., pp. 210-213, ill., col.
             Edtr., "Painted Reality," ART Jet Set Market, Mar., pp.62-65, ill., col.
             "Arte contemporanea per i rifugiati", Sotheby"s Milan auction catalogue
             "La rinascita del Fotorealismo", Piacere Magazine, April
             "Unforeseen Reflections", American Art Collector, September, p. 210-213
             Il Venerd" di Repubblica, "Solidariet", 28th November
             E Polis Milano, "Opere d"arte all"asta per aiutare i rifugiati", 1st December
             Corriere Della Sera, "UNHCR e Sotheby"s, arte per i rifugiati", 14th November
             Il Veliono, "UNHCR: da Sotheby"s asta di arte contemporanea per i rifugiati", 12th November
             Il Sole 24 Ore, "Arte Contemporanea Sotheby"s", 30th November
             DNEWS, "Arte contemporanea per i rifugiati: asta oggi da Sotheby"s" 1st December
             Corriere Della Sera, "Arte all"asta per l"Uganda, 30th November
             CSR & Sustainability News, " Arte contemporanea peri i rifugiati, appuntamento da   
             Sotheby"s a Milano", 27th November
             La Repubblica, "Arte contemporanea all"asta per aiutare i rifugiati", 15th November
             La Repubblica, "Arte contemporanea peri i rifugiati" 1st December
             Roma Multietnica, "Arte contemporanea per i rifugiati VII edizione", 14th November
             Teknemedia, "Arte contemporanea per i rifugiati", 29th November
             Radio Vaticana, "L"arte a sostegno dei bambini di Uganda e Sudan", 13th November
             MF, "Un natale in bellezza", 27th November
             La Repubblica, "Opere all"asta per l"Africa madrina Ornella Vanoni", 30th November
             Luxgallery, "Arte contemporanea per i rifugiati", 30th November
2007    Christie"s Auction Catalog,Benefit Auction,Milano,"Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati,"
             pp.30-31, ill. col.
             "Raphaella Spence; Crossroads," exhibition catalog, Raphaella Spence and
             Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, 63 pp., ill. col.
             McHugh, Christine,"Soto la Luce Bella del Sole Italiano,"The Artist"s Magazine,
             "New Cityscape Paintings", Gallery Guide, December,p.1
             Zurich Project 2007, project catalogue, Price Fine Arts
             Art & Antiques, "New Urban Landscape paintings", December issue, p.17
             ART news, "New cityscape paintings", December issue, p.38
             ART + Design Magazine, December issue
             "Arial Views", American Art Collector, December issue p.35, p. 120-123
             "European Photorealism In New York", American Art Collector, February, p. 134-139
             Christine McHugh,"Sotto La Luce Bella Del Sole Italiano", The artist"s Magazine, p. 44-49
             Gallery Guide, "New cityscape paintings", December issue p.1
             Corriere Della Sera, "Arte per i rifugiati ai Capitolini", 24th September
             La Repubblica, "Un futuro di speranza" 20th September
             Il Sole 24 Ore, "Arte per i rifugiati", 25th September
             La Repubblica, "Quaranta artisti all"asta, una speranza per l"Africa" 25th September
             La Stampa,"Collettiva per i bimbi dell"Africa" 26th September
             Corriere della Sera, "Trentasei opere Contemporanee per dare otto villaggi ai Rifugiati"
             26th September
             Il Messaggero, " Arte e solidariet" ai Musei Capitolini", 26th September
             City, "Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati" 26th September
             Il Giornale, "Gli artisti pi" quotati in aiuto ai deboli", 27th September
             Il Tempo, "Istruzione: un futuro di speranza", 5th October
             Il Venerd" di Repubblica, "Quaranta pittori per i rifugiati dei paesi africani", 5th October
             Corriere della Sera, "Un futuro di speranza", 11th October
             Roma c"", "Un futuro di speranza", 26th September
             Televideo.Rai, "Roma, arte in favore dei bambini profughi", 25th September
2006    Edtr. The American Art Collector, Jan, pp. 68-71, ill. col.
             Edtr., American Art Collector, Jun., pp. 108-111, ill., col.
2005    "Raphaella Spence; Bridge of Colors," exhibition catalog, Raphaella Spence and
             Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, 48 pp., ill. col.
2004    Miller, Sarah D'Esti, 'Top Photorealists Share Their Visions at Roberson,' Binghamton Press
             and Sun Bulletin, September 30
             Guruianu, Andrei and Hayes, Hannah Maria, 'Starry-eyed Lovers Should Visit Roberson,'
             Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin, Tuesday November 16
2003    "Raphaella Spence; Stolen Dreams," Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, exhibition catalog,
             36 pp., ill. col.
2003    Morris, Roderick, Conway, 'A Young Artist in Umbria: International Herald Tribune,
             Sat.-Sun., June 14-15, p. 7, illus.
             Leigh, Bobbie, Art and Antiques, "Alternate Realities" summer edition, pp. 66-71, col. ill.
             Pagni, Luca, review, "Iperrealisti," www.photographers.it, Sept. 4, illus.
             Art Mondadori, p. 356, April
             Corriere Dell'Umbria, 'Chrysler e Todi uniti nell'arte dell'iperrealisomo' May27
             Corriere Economia, 'Iperrealisti in mostra a Roma con Chrysler' May 12
             Agenzia ANSA, 'Chrysler Presenta Piu Grande Mostra Iperrealisti in Italia' April 7
             IL TEMPO 'Chiostro al Lume di Candela All'anteprima Degli Iperrealisti' April 4
             IL PICCOLO 'Sembrano Fotografie, Ma Sono I Quadri Degli Iperrealisti' April 4
             LEGGO 'Cosi veri da sembrare finti' April 4
             Il Messaggero 'Da Chuck Close a Durane Hanson, Cento Opere Dei Sovversivi e
             Geniali Eredi di Hopper' April 3
             Il Messaggero 'Iperrealismo in Mostra Minimalismo a Tavola' April 3
             La Mia Auto 'American Way of Chrysler' June 1
             Quattroruote 'Daimlerchrysler Fra Gli Iperrealisti' June 1
             Specchio 'Dal Vero' May 1
             Auto Piu 'Raphaella Spence Crea Un'opera Iperrealista' May 1
             Auto Capital 'Chrysler e Gli Iperrealisti' May1
             Auto Oggi 'Le Chrysler del Passato, Su Tela, a Roma Fino a Giugno' April 24
             La Republica 'Gli Artista della Civilta Contemporanea' April 7
             Sette, Corriere Della Sera, Cultura ai Confini Della Realt", April 4
             Panorama 'Clic Sulla Tela' April 3
              Autolink News 'Chrysler Italia Mecente della Mostra Sugli Iperrealisti'

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"Il Solitario"

oil on Canvas

100 x 150 cm

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Roma Dal Tevere
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40 x 60cm

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Il Tevere
Oil on canvas
93 x 67cm

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Autumn Woods
Oil on canvas
120 x 180 cm

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Altare Della Patria
Oil on canvas
56 x 65 cm