Master's in Visual Arts (painting), Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas\UNAM (San Carlos), División de Posgrado
BFA, (painting), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Raoul Deal is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who often works collaboratively in community settings. He is a faculty member of the Peck School of the Arts and Artist-in-Residence for UWMís Cultures and Communities Program. In addition to his community art commissions Deal has exhibited both individually and collectively in museums and galleries in the United States and Mexico, and just completed a 2 year residency as a mentor artist with REDLine Milwaukee.
"As an artist, I try to cross social and cultural borders. I don't want viewers' appreciation of my work to be dependent on their knowledge of contemporary art discourse, although it may very well be enhanced by it. I would prefer to inspire curiosity and wonder in all viewers and to establish a meaningful dialogue with people from many different backgrounds. I frequently think about the following two questions: "What happens to art when community matters?" -and- "What happens to communities when art matters?"