Rafael Barrios studied in Canada, the United States and Venezuela. His career dates from an early age. He studied drawing and painting at the Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela, winning his first award with the Prize of "National Youth Painting" in 1963.Upon completing his basic studies in Venezuela and Canada, won the J. Walter Thompson International scholarship to study at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada, where he graduated with honors in "Pure Art" and "Communication and Design". In 1981 won a Post-graduate scholarship in Fine Arts and " Monumental Technology" at the University of New York, USA. In his career as an artist Rafael Barrios has performed work as an Art Director for UNESCO. Also worked as an art consultant for film maker creations in "Latin Touch" Movie; Sets Director for Chris Von Wangenheim in Vogue and Esquire Magazines in New York, USA; Professor of "Tridimensional and Advertising Designs", Neumann Foundation Design Institute, Caracas, Venezuela; Sets Director, for the presentation of "Dance Today" at Expo-Sevilla, Spain; Set-Director, Fashion Designer Herve Leger, "Carrouselle du Louvre", Paris, France.