RaFia Santana (born 1990, Brooklyn, NY) is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist using animated graphics, self-portraiture, and music production to soothe the self, bend perception, and make jokes. They also make use of social marketing and fundraising as a means to support and uplift marginalized communities. RaFia has exhibited their work at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, MoCADA, Tate Britain, the Museum of the Moving Image, Housing NY, BronxArtSpace, and more. They have been featured in Teen Vogue, Paper Magazine, VICE, Topical Cream Magazine, and other leading publications. RaFia has performed and participated in panels, discussions, and events at Black Portraitures at Harvard University, Afrotectopia at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts, Newspace Center for Photography, and MoMA PS1.
Photo courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts.