Rafael DeSoto Jr. Artist


I've been an artist for as long as I can remember. This photo is proof! It was taken by my father, a renown and extremely talented NYC illustrator during the mid twentieth century. My current passion is doing watercolors. I enjoy the revelation they bring as well as the convenience of being able to paint just about anywhere. 

The reason I don't show a long list of awards, exhibits or gallery listings is due to  my career as a graphic designer/art director for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley for the last 30 years. I'm now semi-retired and returning to my roots, fine art painting. The watercolors shown here were completed during the last 3 years. I'll be posting more in the coming weeks, so please come back and visit. Please contact me for upcoming exhibits, workshops, and creative banter. Thanks for visiting and for your interest in visual art!

Recent Exhibits:

  • "Small Treasures", Santa Clara Watercolor Society, 11/1/17 to 1/1518, Hobee's Restaurant, San Jose
  • Filoli, Woodside, CA "The Valley of Heart's Delight", Juried Show, Aug. 23 - Oct. 23, 2016
  • The Watertower Gallery, "Water Works" Juried Show, Mendocino, CA, July 1-30, 2016
  • Santa Cruz Art League, CA "Strictly Watercolor", March 25 - April 17, 2016
  • Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, Juried "Silicon Valley Open Studios" preview. March 4-April 1, 2016.
  • Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, Juried "Holiday Art Festival" 8 paintings, Dec. 4 - 24, 2015. 
  • Santa Cruz Art League, CA "Beasts on Broadway" Juried Show, Oct. 24 - Nov. 15, 2015
  • Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA "Members Exhibit" July 3-30, 2015
  • Santa Cruz Art League, CA "National Landscape Juried Show" June 5 - July 5, 2015
  • Santa Cruz Art League, CA "Coastal Spirits" Juried show - March 6-22, 2015
  • Santa Cruz Art League, CA "Central Coast Artists Watercolor Exhibit" March 27 - April 19, 2015
  • Santa Cruz Art League, CA "Local Essence" Feb 6 - March 1, 2015
  • Santa Cruz Art League, CA "Luck of the Draw" Benefit Exhibit, Nov. 22 - Dec 7, 2015