Raphael was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Maryland. He began his studies in his early teens and he eventually received a Maryland Artists Equity Distinguished Scholar Finalist Award in 1995. Subsequently he enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Including a semester studying abroad in Italy at the Syracuse University in Florence, based in Piazza Savonarola, he graduated from MICA with a BFA in 1999. After some travel he moved to New York where he attended graduate school at The New York Academy of Art in TriBeCa on scholarship.
After receiving his MFA with honors in 2004 he was awarded the Walter Erlebacher Award for the study of Artistic Anatomy and one of the three distinguished NYAA year-long Post-Graduate Residencies – one of the Fellowship positions for the year 2005.
The NYAA Fellowship Residency includes a studio space to make your work, teaching assistant opportunities, and an exhibition at the culmination of the year-long endeavor in the Wilkinson Cast Hall in Tribeca.
Raphael exhibited numerous times in New York including two group shows in the Chelsea district, at The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club, The New York Academy of Art, four drawing exhibitions at the Medialia Gallery, and a solo exhibit in SoHo.
He has also exhibited at The Baltimore Museum of Art with the Maryland Artists Equity Foundation. He has been published in Denver Westword, Elle magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, The New York Times, Page Six of The New Yo