Raphaele Shirley is a multi-media artist born in Wisconsin, U.S.A. She lives and works in New York State. Since 1993 she’s been dedicated to creative placemaking and community engagement, working at the intersection of art & technology. Her practice ranges from sculpture, light art, public art, collaborative works and performance.
Shirley’s solo exhibitions include: 12.6 Lyrae The Chimney, New York (2017) 0910 Light Shots, Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2010); Arctic Lights, Dorfman Projects, New York (2010); Jewels of Kvinesdal, Kvinesdal, Norway (2009); Sunken City, Marc de Puechredon Gallery, Basel, Switzerland (2008); Sunken City Episode II, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY (2008).
Shirley’s work was also featured in group exhibitions including: The Kai Art Center, Tallin, Estonia (2019), Chance Ecologies, Queens Museum (2016);Free City, Public At installation for The Flint Public Art Project, Flint, Michigan (2017/2013); The Luminous Surface, Salisbury University, Maryland, USA (2015); Magnetic North: Artists of The Arctic Circle, UBS Art Gallery, New York, NY (2014); Sandnes 2160, Museum of Moving Image, New York (2013); Free City, Public At installation for The Flint Public Art Project, Flint, Michigan (2013); [PAM] Cyland Festival, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2009); Drift, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2008); Video Art in The Age of the Internet, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY(2007); Video As Urban Condition, Museum of Modern Art Linz, Linz, Austria (2007).
Selected fairs and biennials include: Art Basel (2006); Scope, New York (2005-2009); Scope, Miami (2005-2009); Docks Art fair/ Lyon (2009); The Dark Fair/Swiss Institute (2008); Mykonos Biennale (2015/2013); Erased Walls, Mediations Biennale, Berlin, Germany (2010); 12th International Media Art Biennale WRO 07, National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland (2008); Waterways, Independants 51st Venice Biennale; Venice, Italy (2005).
Raphaele has been the recipient of several grants by the Norwegian Arts Council for commissioned work in Norway. In 2009 and 2010 she was selected to be one of the participants of the sailboat residency “The Arctic Circle” run by the Farm Foundation. In 2016 she was in a one year residency with her collaborative project 3by3by3 (with Rhys Chatham and GH Hovagimyan) at HarvestWorks in New York. She lives and works in New York.
Her projects have been reviewed in publications such as the Art Newspaper, Art in America, Art Forum, Canvas Magazine to name a few.