Born in Angola, with her family roots in Azores, Rafaela benefitted from private tuition in design, oil painting, watercolour , porcelain painting and engraving. She loves art composed of soft, delicate, ethereal expressions that open a window onto the soul. In search of the essence of being , she doesn't strive for a photographic portrait, but rather to induce an emotional response in the beholder. In the center of her work is the human being, moments ,between his inner world and his outside world, trying to capture that vulnerability when they are alone. She uses oils, acrylics and mixed media, enjoys creating different textures and she is passionate about colour. To give her current work greater emphasis, she is using natural pigments, relishing the purity of colour which gives a depth and brightness to her paintings which cannot be imitated by chemical dyes used in conventional paints. - Silver medal on Internacional Art Exhibition S. Brás Alportel Portugal 2015 - Collective and individual exhibitions in Portugal and her work is in private collections in Europe and Asia.