Rafael Esquer

Since 2004, Rafael Esquer has run Alfalfa Studio, his own graphic design firm in SoHo in New York City. In 2009, he launched Alfalfa New York, a lifestyle brand of limited-edition, high-quality products that feature great design, fresh graphics and Latin flavor.  

A native of the Sonora desert of Mexico, Rafael has made New York City his home for more than 15 years. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and sits on the Advisory Board for the Diversity Archives at AIGA, where he helped curate the first exhibition of contemporary and twentieth-century work by minority graphic designers.  

Formerly creative director at Radical Media, his group’s work in communication design received the National Design Award in 2004 from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2007, Taschen named Rafael one of the world’s 100 most influential graphic designers working today.  

Some of Rafael’s work is contained in the Library of Congress poster collection, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Poster Museum in Poland and the Olympic Museum in Switzerland. 

Rafael received his BFA in graphic design from Art Center College of Design. 

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