Rafael is a specialist in interior finishings made of Roman marmorino stucco. It is a technique which consists in the polishing of the lime mortar and marble powder, with the possibility of including pigmentation with oxides and earths.
The process of applying this technique starts with the relevant preparatory layers and the adequacy of the supporting element. After the mortar is mixed, it is poured onto the vertical wall in several layers, allowing for the necessary drying time as required, until the last layer of plaster is polished with the trowel manually to close the pores, compact and finally burnish by carbonation, what is known as planchado en frío (manual cold pressing) . After that last step, a coating of bee’s and carnauba wax is applied as a protective layer and final finish.
The variety of finishes that can be obtained by the use of this technique is rather vast: from the imitation of travertine marble, to ashlars or borders, as well as even creating the effect of pictorial glazing.
Apart from the marmorino stucco, Rafael carries out other sorts of works related to lime or gypsum finishing such as for example the tadelakt, carried out with hydrated lime; or sgraffito, carried out with air lime-based mortars; as well as finishings made of lime mortars, mixed ones or others made of clay, applied with metal trowels, wooden grout floats and other types of trowels. Each one of these techniques requires of its own special tools. Thus, Rafael uses trowels and other different types of stones – especially polished for the tadelakt – and pointers, scrapers and special tools for sgraffito.
Another technique he masters – in his case linked to furniture – is the marble-stucco – mixture of plasters, glues and pigments – in order to achieve a grain pattern which imitates natural stone.
After finishing his studies in History of Art, Rafael decided to start in the world of finishings and stuccoes carrying out the Higher Grade in Techniques Applied to Walls at the Escuela de Arte La Palma, Madrid. This way, he started as an apprentice at the defunct company Stuc, alongside Antonio Olázabal, where he carried out his professional career as a stucco plasterer between 2002 and 2011. From then on, he continued learning the craft via a series of specific courses as those given at the School of Crafts in León, with Patrick Tranquart, with Homo Faber, at the sessions in Aranjuez with Oriol García, etc. All of this has taken him to create his own project in the field of these artisanal crafts in which he continues to work on today: Kanteros Estucometalart.
Individually, he has not trained apprentices except for on very specific occasions due to excessive workloads. However, at Stuc, he did carry out sporadically training tasks on site.
Nevertheless, he has carried out a specific marble-stucco and sgraffito workshop with students from the Escuela Superior de Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales in Madrid, taking advantage of his stay there as a professor in the subject of History of Art.
Marmorino stucco in piano nobile, carried out for a store belonging to the group Cortefiel in Portal del Ángel, Barcelona.
Works for numerous private dwellings located in Madrid, Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura.