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Rafael Gonzalez

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

Sculptor and Mexican artisan Rafael Leos Gonzalez has a Bachelors De- gree in Law, his Masters Degree in Public Administration, and completed a year of the doctorate program in Education at the Virtual University of the State of Michoacan in Mexico.
He has been working in the visual arts since 2000, specializing in pre- Hispanic sculpture and stone painting. He takes concepts from the art of that time and expresses it in his work. He has done work with Rockford Science and Technology Academy students in Rockford, Illinois. Current- ly, Rafael is working at Esperanza Elementary School as a teaching assis- tant, sharing his passion for sculpture, painting, stone painting, plaster figures and the use of other materials to help cultivate a love of art among Utah students.  He can tailor his classes for all ages and abilities.
Rafael brings his love of the arts and culture to the classroom.  He be- lieves that the visual arts are extremely important for the intellectual development of individuals, and he likes to teach people to embrace art as part of their lives and not just as a project with an ending.  Rafael works with the idea that art helps children to develop their senses in an important way.

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