History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Rafael Goldchain


Email: Rafael.goldchain@mail.utoronto.ca | Website: http://www.rafaelgoldchain.com

Rafael Goldchain is a Canadian photographer born in Santiago de Chile. He earned a Master of Fine Arts at York University (2000) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts at Ryerson University (1980). In 1988 he received the Leopold Godowsky  Prize in Colour Photography from Boston University and in 1989 he received the prestigious Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from The Canada Council for the Arts. In 2015 he was short-listed for the prestigious Scotia Bank Photography Award.

Rafael Goldchain’s photographs have been published in several books, including Ho Tam’s  Frontline (Modern Press, Beijing 2011), William Ewing, Face: The New Photographic Portrait (London: Thames and Hudson, 2007) and Joan Murray, Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1999). Goldchain’s work is the subject of two book monographs: Nostalgia for an Unknown Land (Toronto: Lumiere Press, 1989) and I Am My Family (New York: Princeton Architectural Press 2008), and of a documentary film entitled “Beautifully Broken: The Life and Times of Rafael Goldchain” (Willing Mind Productions, Vladimir Kabelik, Director 2013).

Goldchain’s photographs have been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Chile, Cuba, Germany, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, and México. His work is featured in many private and public collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Portland Art Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.

Goldchain has taught in Applied Photography and Bachelor of Photography at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning since 2000 and has been program coordinator since 2007.

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Renaissance, Contemporary
  • BAA (1980) Ryerson University
  • MFA (Visual Arts) Distinction (2000) York University
Selected Publications
  • 2008

    “I Am My Family”, Princeton Architectural Press

Recent Awards
  • 2015 Short listed for the ScotiaBank Photography Award

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