Arnaldo Roche-Rabell was born in Puerto Rico.
Roche-Rabell earned a bachelor of fine arts degree and a master of fine arts degree from the Art Institute in Chicago. Earlier, he studied architecture in Puerto Rico before deciding to devote his studies to painting.
Much of Roche-Rabell’s work shows images of himself, either as a victim or a victor. When using models, the victim/victor idea is also present. In his work, he also explores issues of his own ancestry. His work often involves layers of images—a symbolic nod to having multiple layers of identity, in his case, both Puerto Rican and American. Roche-Rabell sees himself as a member of a colonized population, which always leaves on in doubt of one’s true identity.
Roche-Rabell’s work has been exhibited in museums around the world including The Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York .
As one of the leading Hispanic contemporary artists today, Roche-Rabell continues to create work that explore the complex and dual issues of identity and belonging.