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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Rafael Rodriguez Padilla (b. January 23, 1890 – d. January 24, 1929) was a Guatemalan painter, printmaker and sculptor. In 1920 he was cofounder and became the first director of the Guatemalan Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Academy of Fine Arts), which merged into the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas Rafael Rodriguez Padilla. Rodriguez studied sculpture under the Venezuelan Santiago Gonzalez (1850-1909) in Guatemala. Afterwards he went to Spain, where he finished his studies under Luis Muriel y Lopez. After his return to Guatemala, he painted his famous self-portrait. He committed suicide in 1929.