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Rafael Blanco

Mural Description

This idea/design plays humorously with the theme of science and depicts a child dreaming and thinking about her future. Showcasing her passion for art, science and the potential of what she can become in the future (Potentially a future engineer!) The colors showcase the bight and vibrancy of her dreams and creativity. The phrase says “Thinking of You Periodically”. The Rockford letters spell out Rockford utilizing the letters from the periodic table.

Mural sponsored by Collins Aerospace


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1019 S. Main Street, Rockford

Artist BioRafael Blanco

Native of Alicante (Spain), Rafael Blanco is a contemporary artist fascinated with identity, human expression, and diversity & inclusion as a main focus in his work. Trained as a classical studio painter, Blanco has been, since 2014, transitioning to public art, especially to large scale murals.

Blanco attended Florida Southern College (2000-02) and graduated with a BA in Studio Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California (2002-04). After receiving his MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Nevada, Reno (2010-2013), he worked as the Art Program Coordinator at Feather River College until 2019.

Currently, he works as Assistant Professor at Elmhurst University, where he teaches Drawing, Painting, and Art History. Blanco lives in the Chicago area with his family.

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