Meditative Mandalas
By Rafael Anteby

In an effort to promote the intricate and intimate works by local martial arts Master Rafael Anteby, SZ | Advisory transformed a vacant industrial loft into a temporary exhibition space to house his delicate pieces. Over the course of two months, we welcomed over 400 guests to the space and garnered mentions in various publications, including VICE News and the Jewish Journal.

Drawing inspiration from his years of travel through Southeast Asia, Rafael Anteby presents a body of work, which includes charcoal powder paintings and mineral mandalas. Having studied under the guidance of Tibetan monks, the artist utilizes ancient techniques to fabricate intricate mandalas out of sand, 24-karat Thai gold, diamond dust and other crushed semi-precious stones.

Anteby also learned the essential techniques of the infinitely slow and delicate performance of charcoal painting in Northern Thailand. The pieces require layer upon layer of powder to create depth and volume. The practice requires adept handling and precision in his brushwork; a brute stroke can destroy hundreds of hours of labor. A dying artform, the charcoal powder painting practice is rarely exercised, and, hence, rarely imparted unto others.