The work of Rafael G. Antunes (Mafra, 1977) proposes to reflect and explore, using the photographic image, the tensions and transitory dynamics in the concepts of identity, collective and individual memory, and Cultural Heritage (whether material or immaterial ) when confronted with the compression of geographic space - through the shortening of the notion of time - that world vision and technological progress have imposed on Humanity. Based on a metaphorical approach, his images are positioned in counterpoint to current cultural perceptions, hostages of symbolic actions generated, shared and consumed in an increasingly global way.
In 2019, and after a 21-year journey of photography for the Portuguese Press as a free-lancer, he begins to think about photography – and specifically portraits – in a more philosophical and conceptual way. This new approach to photographic image leads him to join, in 2019/20, the National Society of Fine Arts, in Lisbon, where he attends courses in Aesthetics, and History of Contemporary Art I. In 2020/21, at the same institution , attends courses in Visual Culture and Image Theory, and History of Contemporary Art II.
Graduated in Photography at IADE (Faculty of Design, Technology and Communication) in 1999, he studied, in 2003/04 and 2005/06, Anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.