Raquel was born in the Philippines and raised in the Bronx. After graduating from HS of Art & Design and later Parsons School of Design with a degree in Fine Arts, Raquel built a career in the fashion industry traveling the world, pulling inspiration from all different cultures.
Raquel started as a designer designing T-shirt graphics, eventually working her way up to Executive Creative Director, from Apparel to Accessories. She also supported her family’s real estate business by renovating homes, staging and designing interiors. All this while raising a family.
After her divorce she immersed herself in exploring her love of art, sketching every day and experimenting with different media, including printmaking, digital art, photography, oils, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor, pen & ink, design markers, gouache, NFT Art, clay sculpting, & 3D art.
She’s addicted to Drink & Draws because she loves drawing from life, nature and beautiful half-naked bodies!! This paved a way to her Erotic series. Raquel’s creative inspiration is drawn from a multitude of sources; her strong cultural identity, her love of tribal and primitive art, her passion for textiles and patterns, her own sensuality, and sexuality as an expression of human emotion. The resulting work is a dramatic and sensuous, ethnocentric fusion of color, line, and movement.
She has experimented with many mediums, including digital art, photography, acrylic paint, pastels, and watercolor, oil paint and pen & ink, design markers, gouache, digital NFT Art, 3D art, and sculpting. Works in a combination of media based on the direction the work itself dictates.
Raquel is based in New York and is currently an exhibiting member of BWAC. Follow me/DM for Commissions. List prices are negotiable.