Raphael Rosalen, 23, is a Brazilian multimedia artist and a Cinema and Media Studies scholar. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts in May 2018 as a fellow of the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies and one of the university’s graduating class’ ten Discovery Scholars for his exceptional original work on theorizing YouTube content.

With a passion for art, popular and digital culture, and storytelling, Raphael has produced videos for the internet for over 10 years. He has written and directed short films and has had art, photography and film work in museum and art gallery exhibitions.

Raphael has won awards for both his artistic, such as his art video Be Color, and academic work. In 2018 his name was added to USC’s Wall of Scholars at Leavey Library for his multimedia research paper “YouTube’s Vlog Authenticity in the Performance of Femininity.”

Rosalen is currently working on multimedia projects as songwriter, music and video producer, and director, and is pursuing a Master’s degree on Cinema and Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he is developing new scholarship on YouTube studies. He looks forward to bridging his academic and creative endeavors to advance digital media and create innovative multimedia content.