Artist statement

Rafael Morales Cendejas works and lives in Mexico, his artistic process is deeply influenced by the recognition of new literary forms, his projects linked through the platform of self-publishing, a concept that derives from do it yourself culture, used by subcultures with a lot to express but with low visibility and resources. His publications are interested in covering the individual and collaborative perspective, he explores print techniques and distribution media to generate audiences through cultural strategies and suggest the necessary conditions for dialogue between authors, readers and objects.


His experiments in photography, illustration, performance, drawing and video, are transformed and structured into a methodology of editorial design to take the book art form, with the possibility of being studied as an object. Rafael's works recover the gesture of touch, interactivity and intertextuality, he is under constant evolution, as well as the process of its production.


Research experience

Since 2012 he has researched and reflected on the book arts actively attending symposiums, workshops and seminars with renowned specialists. His job related to contemporary editorial practice has been selected and exposed collectively in meetings, exhibitions, national and international artist book fairs. Between 2017-2019 he investigated 'Succesful models of collaboration in the UK’s art publishing activity” to develop the Mexican Centre for Book Arts.

Grants and Awards

2017 "Student Initiave Fund from Student Union's UAL" to produce a catalogue and a short exhibiton, UK 
2017 “Special Grant from University of Guadalajara” to study MA Visual Arts Book Arts in London, UK
2016 “UNAM Visual Arts Biennial" selected in the category of Art Object by UNAM, MX

2015 "Sheffield International Artist Book Prize 2015" selected by Bank Street Arts, United Kingdom

2015 "Encontro de Novos Artists, Culture Ciudade New Galicia" selected by CCE in Montevideo, Uruguay

2015 “Behance Apreciattion Award" silver medal by Portfolios Review Guadalajara, Mexico

2014 “1st Biennial of Art and Design University UNAM” selected in the category of book artista, MX

Solo exhibitions

2019 'Crossing Borders', Mediatheque, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

2018 'Read as much as you can', Wimbledon College of Arts Library, London, UK 

Group exhibitions


'Neo Norte 2.0', Exposed Arts Projects, London, UK

'Las Hijas de Eva', Casa Sombra, Guadalajara, Mexico

'The Children of Eve', Central Saint Martins Library and London College of Fashion Library, UK

'How to make book', Book Art Book Shop, London, UK

'Crossing Borders, London College of Communication Library, UK

'Xhibit 2019', Koppel Project Soho Gallery, London, UK

'Camaradas 2019', organized by Mexican embassy in the UK at Menier Gallery, London, UK

'Hollow Chambers', The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

'Camberwell Queer Art', Student Led Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts, UK

'Narrating Process', Copeland Gallery, London, UK

'New Camberwell Art', Student Led Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK


'Dead readers don't read anymore', Chelsea College of Arts Library, London, UK

'The Church of Cain: GAEL PARDO', Central Saint Martins Library, London, UK

'Nostalgia', Gallery of Municipal Art of Piraeus, Athens, Greece

'Latin American Myth Deconstruction', The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

'The Art of Making Sense', Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, UK

'Xhibit 2018', Art Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK

'Small Publishing Unfair', Camberwell College of Arts Library, London, UK

'Camaradas 2018', organized by Mexican Embassy in the UK at Spacio Gallery, London, UK

'Olympus Photography Award', Art Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK
'Altered States', Camberwell College of Arts Library, London, UK
'The Gaze: A short exhibition about feminist zines' in SU Gallery LCC, London, UK

'Tate Exchange' with CCW Maker Space, London, UK



“Wilds Rents Christmas Fair”, UK

“Pop-up Show MA Visual Arts: Book Arts & Printmaking”, Camberwell College of Arts, UK

“Arty Winter Market” at DIY Space for London, UK

“Open Studio Tate St. Ives” coordinate by Behave Collective, UK

“Christmas Pop-Up Market” at Student Led Gallery, UK

“Grrrl Zine Fair Pop-Up Shop, Issue 2 Launch & Live Sessions” at Jäger Soho, London, UK

“FILO Moneros 2017”, Cartoon Museum, CDMX

Coordinator of "Zines Kalpoli Fair" in CDMX

"Matazanos 7" at “Multiforo Cultural Alicia” in CDMX

“Anarchist Publication Fair” at The Mundane, CDMX



“Biennial Visual Arts UNAM”, Antonio Ramirez Gallery, CDMX

“FsBooks”, Arebyte London Gallery, UK

“37th International Book Fair UNAM”, Palacio de Minería, CDMX

“Performance Superpower of ten”, JUMEX Museum, CDMX



"First Zine Fair in the Mundane" in CDMX

Discussion "The possibilities of the book and the universe of alternative edition" in CDMX

Zine Fest - Divergent Space in CDMX

"First National Expo of Arts and Crafts Book" in CDMX

"Artist's book as an expression of a reality" in Guanajuato, MX

“Zineteca Lia + Collective Fanzine” in Guadajalara, MX

"CODEX V Book Fair & Symposium" in Richmond, California, USA​




“1st Sample Illustrated Fanzine Mufart” in Guadajalara, MX

"The book fair are all" at CUCSH, Guadajalara, MX

"Nobody Nothing Never" in Anatema, Guadajalara, MX

"Folia, 1st International Artist Book Fair" at ICC, Guadajalara, MX

"Please touch: Exhibition and sale of artist books " at LARVA, Guadajalara, MX

"1st International Book Fair Alternative" at FAD, UNAM, MX


Libraries and Special Collections

United Kingdom: INIVA library, Grrrl Zine Library, Salford Zine Library, Glasgow Zine Library, Glasgow Art Library, Tate Britain, British Library, Welcome Collection, UAL Libraries, LCBA Library, Feminist Library / France: ENSBA mediatheque / Spain: Biblioteca Dada / United States: Stanford University Special Collections / Mexico: Biblioteca Aeromoto, Ricos Jugos, Universidad de Guadalajara / Brazil: Museum of Art of São Paulo MASP Library / Sweden: c.off space