Raphaella Beatrice Spence was born in London (England) in 1978.
Her family traveled to France where she spent the first eight years of her life.
When they returned to London she continued her studies and her interest in art began to emerge. Her initial production of works were still life paintings. At age twelve her family moved definitively to Italy where she completed her studies at the St. George’s British International School (SGBIS). Influenced by views of the Umbrian countryside, Spence turned toward the creation of the Photorealist (Hyperrealistic) landscape and concentrated on developing her technical skills. In 2000 she had her first solo exhibition in Italy, obtaining public recognition and that of the critics.
In 2003 she had her first solo exhibition in the United States at the Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery in New York. Since then her paintings have been included in numerous group survey exhibitions including the, Vero Beach Museum Of Art, Vero Beach, FL (U.S.A.), MANA Art Center, Jersey City, NJ (U.S.A.), Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (U.S.A), The Roberson Museum of Arts & Sciences, Binghamton, NY (U.S.A.), Chiostro del Bramante, Rome (Italy), Musei Capitolini, Rome, (Italy), Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.) Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York (U.S.A.) and Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec.
Spence has received critical recognition for her work in widely circulated newspapers and magazines including The International Herald Tribune, ART + Design Magazine, rh+ artmagazine, The Spectator, The artist’s Magazine, Art News, Dan’s Papers, Arte di Giorgio Mondadori, Panarama, La Republica, Corriere Della Sera and Il Messaggero.
Her paintings are included in private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada, England, Russia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
In April 2011 Dan’s Papers dedicated the front cover to Raphaella Spence.
At the end of 2012 Raphaella Spence will take part in an international museum tour on Photorealism (Hyperrealism) which will start at the Kunsthalle Tübingen Museum, Tübingen (Germany) and will be continued at the Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (Spain), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, (England), NOMA – New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans (U.S.A.), OKCMOA – Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklaoma City (U.S.A.) and The Butler Institute Of American Art, Howland Township, Ohio (U.S.A.).