Pasha Rafat’s light constructions echo the work of a group of 20th century artists whose interest lay in real and physical phenomena, rather than illusory material. Of particular interest to his work is the Russian Constructivists’ stressing of transparency of material and the California Light & Space Artists’ exploration of perceptual, spatial and atmospheric aspects of art.
Born in Iran, Pasha Rafat has a BS in design from Arizona State University and MA/MFA from California State University, Fullerton. He is a professor of art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he teaches photography and multi-media courses including art in public places.
Rafat’s work has been shown at Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Ace Gallery, Los Angeles; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; and in Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Cypress and Turkey. His work is in the permanent collection’s of the IPG Building, La Jolla, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Sprint Collection; Rio and Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas; Center for Photography, Woodstock; and the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation.