Rafael Aviles was born and raised in Mexico. He moved to the US to attend graduate school and earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Nevada-Reno. After doing postdoctoral research at Cornell University, Rafael joined the R&D department of Rohm and Haas Company (now Dow Chemicals), eventually becoming R&D Director. He retired in 2011 and now spends most of his time cycling, traveling, and making great photographs.
Rafael’s interest in photography started when he was eight years old and received a Brownie camera from his father, who taught him basic photographic and composition skills. Completely self-taught in the art and science of photography, Rafael spent many years working with film cameras and eventually converted to the digital medium. Some of his pictures have won awards in national contests, and have been published in Outdoor Photographer and Wired.com e-magazines.