Canogar is one of the main representatives of abstract art in Spain. He studied with the painter Daniel Vázquez Díaz between 1949 and 1954 and was a founding member of the group El Paso, to which he remained connected between 1957 and 1960.
He has taken part in countless individual and collective exhibitions and his work figures in numerous museums and public collections of the world.
He has received diverse prizes and distinctions, as the National Prize of Plastic Arts in 1982.
Canogar has participated in a large number of international galleries and fairs such as the International Fair of Madrid, the Internationale Kunstmesse Basel, ARCO, in the ArtBo (International Art Fair of Bogotá), the Venice Biennale, Artesevilla, among many others.
Rafael Canogar’s work is part of several important collections worldwide, such as the Bank of Spain collection, BBVA Collection, the collection of the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, the collection of the Vatican Museums, and the Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art of Mexico.