Raphael was born in 1966 in the area of Ganado, Arizona. He’s a member of the Navajo tribe and lived in Winslow, Arizona before moving to Flagstaff. Raphael has a powerful cultural orientation towards holistic concepts such as balance and harmony of life. Although his creative approach can look elementary, there is little doubt that it’s grounded in a more mature understanding. His drawings and paintings are full of working neighborhoods, dynamic communities in which people interact with earth and sky. It’s in Raphael’s woodwork where he tends to express more mature themes. In his sculptures, one can see a dynamic towards both creating and destroying. It is through this approach that his art can be defined as in a constant state of change.
When he is not working as an artist, he has a great appreciation for listening to and creating music.