Rafael Ferrer (b. 1933) left his native Puerto Rico at an early age to attend school in the United States. After attending Syracuse University and studying art at the University of Puerto Rico, Ferrer moved to New York in the early 1950s to work as a musician. Ferrer has worked with a broad range of media including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and performance art. In many of his paintings and prints, Ferrer depicts lush and colorful images from the Dominican Republic, where he spends six months every year. His work has been shown extensively in Puerto Rico, New York, and Florida, among other locations around the country and the world.