Raphael Perez was born in 1965 and was raised in Jerusalem. He currently resides and works in Tel-Aviv.
He is a graduate of the Jerusalem school of Visual Arts where he studied from 1988 through 1992 and where many of his acrylic, oil, laminated wood pieces and drawings can be found.
Perez’s creations deal with the subject of homosexuality. He puts a strong emphasis on single-sex families, pride parades, soldiers, male birth giving, portraits, male nudity, as well as male, female and heterosexual couples.
His paintings put to test the boundaries between eroticism and art, while characterizing homosexual relationships and love as they are expressed in everyday life.
Perez uses two primary styles in his paintings; realistic paintings in which red is the dominant color and naïve style, which has been influenced by his years working with children.
The color red consistently symbolizes masculinity, passion and dominance. There is also an evident contrast between shade and light in all of his paintings.