Raphael Rosalen, 22, born in Brazil and raised both there and in the United States, is a 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 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 work, such as with his art video Be Color, and academic work. In 2018 his name is being added to USC’s Wall of Scholars at Leavey Library for his multimedia essay/research paper “YouTube’s Vlog Authenticity in the Performance of Femininity.”

Rosalen is currently working on a multimedia project 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. He looks forward to bridging his academic and creative endeavors to advance digital media and create innovative multimedia content.