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Meet Rafael Francisco Salas

  • M.F.A., The New York Academy of Art
  • B.A., Macalester College

I am a Wisconsin-based artist. My artwork combines landscape, the legacy of portraiture, architecture, and country music into artwork evoking a strange, rural poetry. I am represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I am also an arts writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Newcity Art Chicago, The Isthmus Magazine and Urban Milwaukee.

In 2022, Governor Tony Evers appointed me to the Wisconsin Arts Board, the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout Wisconsin. I also serve on the Executive Board of the Museum of Wisconsin Art and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

I am a Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History here at Ripon College.


Icon for: What's your favorite topic or course to teach and why? I love teaching my introductory courses to drawing and painting. It is so fun for me to see students who have not had much experience or opportunity to study art take on a new, visual language and see the world through this lens.

What’s your favorite topic or course to teach and why? I love teaching my introductory courses to drawing and painting. It is so fun for me to see students who have not had much experience or opportunity to study art take on a new, visual language and see the world through this lens.

Icon for: What’s your workspace like? My studio is very chaotic. I organize and prioritize, but to anyone walking into my workspace it will look disastrous. Welcome to the inside of my brain.

What’s your workspace like? My studio is very chaotic. I organize and prioritize, but to anyone walking into my workspace it will look disastrous. Welcome to the inside of my brain.



Recent News Updates

Rafael Francisco Salas creates new artwork during sabbatical

During the spring and summer of 2020, Professor of Art Rafael Francisco Salas was on sabbatical, researching rural areas of Wisconsin and Minnesota and translating […]

"Landscape (Enclosure)," by Rafael Francisco Salas

Rafael Francisco Salas’ recent work featured in online exhibit

Recent work by Associate Professor of Art Rafael Francisco Salas is being featured in the Week Six installment of “PSG on PAPER,” an online drawing […]

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Work by nine Ripon College student artists shown in Princeton gallery

“The Contemporary Portrait,” an exhibit featuring the work of nine Ripon College students, opens Saturday, Feb. 1, at Levee Contemporary Gallery in Princeton, Wisconsin. An […]