Rafael Navarro's innate creative abilities emerged long before he entered high school in his native Mexico City. The primarily self-taught artist who draws inspiration from his rich heritage, eclectic music, nature, personal observations and childhood memories has resided in Phoenix since 1989. His work, often influenced by Rene Magritte, Picasso and Frida Kahlo, has drawn critical acclaim from local academics and art patrons to national curators. He is adept at proposing an idea, then transforming its reality within sculpture, painting and printmaking. He now is an esteemed member of the thriving downtown-art community.