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Rafael A. Osuba

Osuba (Rafael A. Osuba, 1967) is a Puerto Rican artist and art advocate. He says “Art is all around us; it is up to us to see its beauty.” Art is the vehicle he uses to stay connected to his culture.  “Every drawing, painting, sculpture, song, dance, food, literary work has a story behind it.  Capturing a feeling, a memory or expression and sharing it with the world is where the magic lies.”  Osuba has effectively used his creativity to advocate and broaden the arts in North Carolina. Over the last 28 years he has pioneered many projects that have helped to further the Latino Art movement. He is the founder and artistic director of the El Quixote Festival a seven month long annual festival produced by Artist Studio Project that celebrates and honors the 400 years of Don Quixote.  A self proclaimed Don Quixote, he lives in Raleigh North Carolina with his wife, best friend and “Muse” of over 30 years Michelle and identifies their three children Rafael Jr, Gabrielle and Leilani as his most important works of art!

A published author Osuba says “Our stories, traditions and culture are important for this reason they must continue to be told”.

His New Dual Language Christmas Children’s Book Focuses on Celebrating Three Kings’ Day and was published in January of 2017 Luisito Celebrates Three Kings’ Day, Luisito Celebra El Dia De Los Reyes Magos”  , (ISBN-10: 0998174904, ISBN-13: 978-0998174907) one of the few illustrated dual language (English, Spanish) books in the market today focusing on Celebrating Three Kings’ Day.  Illustrated by “Gol” (Miguel Gómez Andrea, 1960) a Spanish cartoonist, playwright and actor the book was published by ASP BOOKS.

“This book tells my story as a young boy living in a small town in upstate New York.  It was written for my mom and to help explain to my children, nieces and nephews why we celebrate Three Kings Day. It also highlights a few of the cultural and traditional elements that make this day and the extraordinary way it is celebrated so special and unique.”
The Book is handcrafted and one of the few Dual language English/Spanish children’s book about Christmas and The Three Kings.