Born in 1949 in Melbourne, Rafael Gurvich studied Architecture at the University of Melbourne for two years before transferring to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1969, completing his Associateship Diploma and Fellowship Diploma in painting in 1972.
In 1972 he was awarded the Elaine Targett Drawing Prize by the Hawthorn City Art Gallery. In 1975 Gurvich was awarded a Standard Grant by the Visual Arts Board of Australia and traveled to Europe, visiting Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. His 1981 travels in Indonesia, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong inspired him to produce the Javanese Rhythms series of etchings, which were later exhibited at Powell Street Graphics, along with images produced from his 1984 visit to Japan.
In 1986, while minding a small farmlet, Gurvich began incorporating animal figures into his work. As anthropomorphic expressions of humour and optimism, these figures featured in many of the images reproduced in Gurvich's book, Rafael Gurvich: Nothing but blue skies, published in 1988.
Throughout his career, Gurvich has developed a unique pictorial vocabulary, reworking his own signs and motifs to create images which celebrate the joy of life.
Gurvich was commissioned in 1995 to create two designs for the mosaic floors in the International Terminal at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne.
Gurvichs’ work can be found in the public collections of the Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Parliament House Canberra, NSW State Library, Melbourne University Gallery, Ararat Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Mornington Regional Arts Centre, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, RMIT Melbourne, Print Council of Australia, Leeuwin Estate, Council for Adult Education Melbourne, Federal Airports Corporation, Murdoch Collection, and the Vilnius University Library in Lithuania.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2003 Jewish Museum of Australia, Gross Gallery, Melbourne 2001 Vanessa Wood Fine Art, Mosman, Sydney 2000 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne 1998 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne. 1996 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne. 1994 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne 1990 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1989 Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney 1988 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1986 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1985 Powell Street Graphics, Melbourne 1983 The Painters Gallery, Sydney. 1979 Stuart Gerstman Galleries, Melbourne 1978 Stuart Gerstman Galleries, Melbourne 1977 Avant Gallery, Melbourne 1975 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1974 Ewing Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2003 International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney 2001 International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney 2000 Monoprints, Chrysalis Publishing, Melbourne. 1999 We are Australian, The George Adam Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne; touring. 1999 International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney 1998 Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne 1998 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Invitation Art Prize, Brisbane 1997 SCEGGS Redlands Foundation Art Prize, Sydney International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney 1996 Fifth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne 1996 A Special Collection, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, 1995 International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney 1994 Fremantle Print Award 1994, Arts Centre, Fremantle 1994 Fourth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne 1992 Colour and Life-a personal fusion, Roar Studios, Melbourne 1991 A Positive View, Jan Martin Lyttleton Gallery, Melbourne Joint Exhibition, with Graeme Peebles, Qdos Gallery, Lorne, Victoria 1990 It All Starts Here-Contemporary Drawing, Group Exhib. Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1989 New Work. Group Exhibition, Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1988 New Work, Group Exhib. Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1986 Oz drawing now, Holdsworth Contemporary Galleries, Sydney. 1986 Drawing survey 1, Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne. 1985 Victorian print Workshop Proofs, Group Show McLelland Regional Gallery, Langwarren 1985 New Works- a gallery survey, Powell Street Graphics, Melbourne 1983 Joint Exhibition with Jennifer Plunkett, Elizabeth Street Studio, Melbourne 1982 Directions Now, Mitchelton Touring Print Exhibition, Group Show. 1981 Joint Exhibition with Jennifer Plunkett, De Carle Lane Studio, Brunswick, Melbourne 1980 Limited Edition Books Exhib., Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. 1979 Joint Exhibition with Victor Rubin Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. 1979 Joint Exhibition with John Dent, Highlander Lane Studio, Melbourne 1979 Orange Festival of the Arts, Group Show, NSW 1979 Art in Worship, St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ringwood 1978 Corio Prize, Geelong Regional Art Gallery 1978 Blake Prize, Sydney 1978 Prints and Drawing, Melbourne University Gallery, Travelling Exhib. 1977 Genre Painting, Group Show, Stuart Gerstman Galleries, Melbourne. Mornington Peninsula Drawing Prize, Victoria Pioneer, Art Award, Swan Hill, Victoria. Member Print, Print Council of Australia, Commission
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Australian National Gallery, Canberra Parliament House, Canberra National Gallery of Australia NSW State Library Melbourne University Gallery Ararat Gallery, Victoria Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart Ministry for the Arts Print Council of Australia Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria RMIT University Vilnius University Library, Vilnius, Lithuania Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Arnold Bloch Leibler Council of Adult Education Murdoch Collection Federal Airports, Corporation Leeuwin Estate