'Universal Yearnings' Rafaela de Ascanio

21 May - 13 June 2021

Rafaela de Ascanio 

"My work is rooted in feminism. I want to create female characters that are empowered, and empowering for the viewer as well as in charge of their own sexuality. I want them to be the protagonist in the story." - Rafaela de Ascanio

Liliya Art Gallery is thrilled to present UNIVERSAL YEARNINGS, a solo show by Rafaela de Ascanio. Working predominately as a painter and a ceramicist, UNIVERSAL YEARNINGS is an incredibly intimate and powerful exhibition focusing on explorations of feminism, the solar system and mythology.

UNIVERSAL YEARNINGS traces de Ascanio's interest in feminine power and personal relationship, placing them side by side to create a beautiful and intimate dialogue between the different mediums. In UNIVERSAL YEARNINGS, each sculpture represents a planet, and is ascribed a narrative following a female protagonist's journey of self discovery, power and beauty.

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To view multiple images of each sculpture, please click the work below.
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Sol - Sulis Minerva, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Sol - Sulis Minerva, 2021
    Glaze on Stoneware
    58 x 44 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Venus' Lover, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Venus' Lover, 2021
    Glaze on Earthenware
    26 x 26 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Sheperdess Moons, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Sheperdess Moons, 2021
    Glaze on Earthenware
    26 x 26 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Jumping Planet, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Jumping Planet, 2021
    26 x 26 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Ishtar Burns, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Ishtar Burns, 2021
    Glaze on Eartehnware
    21 x 26 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Devouring Father, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Devouring Father, 2021
    Glaze on Earthenware
    40 x 16 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Gaia's Duende, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Gaia's Duende, 2021
    Glaze on Eartehnware
    26 x 26 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Buried Luna, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Buried Luna, 2021
    Glaze on Stoneware
    12 x 13 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Godfather, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Godfather, 2021
    Glaze on Earthenware
    26 x 26 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Salacia Ocean Queen, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Salacia Ocean Queen, 2021
    Glaze on Earthenware
    26 x 26 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, I Will Outshine You, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    I Will Outshine You, 2021
    Glaze on Earthenware
    26 x 26 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Writhing in the Nooks of my Mane, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Writhing in the Nooks of my Mane, 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    200 x 150 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, After Hours - Celia's Birthday, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    After Hours - Celia's Birthday, 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    100 x 76 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, After Hours - Ally's Witches, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    After Hours - Ally's Witches, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    65 x 50 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Bathroom Chats, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Bathroom Chats, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    65 x 50 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Corazon Calmado, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Corazon Calmado, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    (Framed)
    65 x 50 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, La Cama de Ella, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    La Cama de Ella, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    (Framed)
    65 x 50 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Le Veo por la Portada, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Le Veo por la Portada, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    (Framed)
    65 x 50 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Drama Andaluz, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Drama Andaluz, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    (Framed)
    65 x 50 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Out Out, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Out Out, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    (Framed)
    65 x 50 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Revelling in Duality, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Revelling in Duality, 2021
    Oil on Canvas
    200 x 150 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Sneak a Snog, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Sneak a Snog, 2021
    Oil on paper
    65 x 50 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Selenes Ride, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Selenes Ride, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    25 x 35 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Red Wedding, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Red Wedding, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    40.5 x 50.5 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, After Hours - Holly's Dance, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    After Hours - Holly's Dance, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    42 x 29.5cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Atardecer, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Atardecer, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    42 x 29.5 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Porque es de Noche, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Porque es de Noche, 2021
    Oil on Paper
    36 x 25cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Gate Montes (Study for Drama Andaluz), 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Gate Montes (Study for Drama Andaluz), 2021
    Oil o n Paper
    10 x 15 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery
  • Rafaela de Ascanio, Study for La Cama de Ella, 2021
    Rafaela de Ascanio
    Study for La Cama de Ella, 2021
    Mixed media on watercolour paper
    26 x 36 cm
    Courtesy of Liliya Art Gallery