Artist Rafael Leonardo Black inspires through guileless perseverance

Last month, 10 of Rafael Leonardo Black’s pencil drawings sold at a gallery showing, at prices ranging $16,000 to $28,000. 

They were apparently the first drawings he’d sold after 30 years of cranking them out in a cramped Brooklyn studio apartment. 

Black, as quoted in this brief NYT profile, says, “I just never made the effort to sell it. I never expected to be able to make a living at it, but I’ve always done it since — well, I guess, since I’ve known my self.”

Never expect. Always do. Thank you for the reminder, Rafael Leonardo Black. 

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