After a year studying graphic design at the Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago, Rafael Sottolichio undertook a diploma in visual arts at the CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent in Montreal in 1991. He earned a BFA in 1996 and an MFA in 2009 at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Sottolichio has had work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He has produced a number of murals, including including La maison que nous avons bâtie (The House That We Have Built) in 2007 for the Integration of a Public Work of Art Competition and the Pere-Marquette Centre in the borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, and the one for the Patro Le Prévost community and recreation centre, Ensemble, in 2009.
He is represented by the Lacerte Contemporary Art Gallery.
At first glance, this mural by Rafael Sottolichio resembles a stage set, depicting a giant motor, surrounded by actors and extras. When we take a closer look, we become aware of the richness and solidity of our human and technical potential. It reminds us that we only have to look within ourselves to find solutions to the threat of environmental issues. In fact, some of the characters – the silhouettes seen at the forefront – are urging us to take action. The mural was made possible thanks to the building owner, who made considerable, but necessary renovations to the wall before it could be painted.