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Rafael Goldchain is a Chilean-Canadian Jewish artist born in Santiago de Chile. He has lived in Jerusalem and México City and moved to Canada in the late 1970s. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from York University (2000) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University (1980). In 1989 he received the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from The Canada Council for the Arts. In 2001 he accompanied Canada’s Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on official visits to Chile and Argentina.
Rafael Goldchain's work has been published in several books, including Ho Tam, Frontine (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), and is the subject of two monographs: Nostalgia for an Unknown Land (Toronto: Lumiere Press, 1989) and I Am My Family (New York: Princeton Architectural Press 2008).
His photographs have been exhibited across Canada and in Chile, the United States, Cuba, Germany, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Mexico. 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 is currently a Professor in the Bachelor of Photography program at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.