Ray Caesar 1958 —

Biography

Tucked away in the supernatural blueprint of Ray Caesar's imagination there lies a secret maze of passages were time, memory and experience twist together to reveal hidden rooms of thrilling discovery. Were one to walk these halls and dare peek into the chambers beyond, each cubbyhole would be filled with mystery, wonder and bewildering conjecture.
--- John Purlia

Ray Caesar was born in 1958 in London. At an early age, his family moved to Canada, where he currently resides. From 1977-80 he attended Ontario College of Art, followed by 17 years from 1980-96 working in the art & photography department of the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, in their art therapy program.

Coupled with inspiration from surrealists Kahlo and Dali, Caesar's experiences at the hospital continue to influence his artwork. His haunting imagery is created digitally using 3D modeling software called Maya, mastered while working in digital animation for television and film industries from 1998-2001. In 1999, Caesar received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special Effects in a series.

The Process
Caesar works in Maya (a 3D modeling software used for digital animation effects in film and game industries), using it to create his figures as well as the virtual realms in which they exist. Through the program, he builds digital models with invisible skeletons and anatomical joints that can be bent and manipulated to assume any pose. He wraps the models in rich textures, adding hair, skin, eyelashes and fingernails. Then places them in digitally lit, impeccably detailed 3D environments built with architectural layers, windows, wallpapers, curtains and furnishings. Caesar's meticulous process incorporates elements of drawing, painting, collage and sculpture, working countless hours to achieve every remarkably intricate tableau. Further emphasizing his sculptural technique, Caesar compares his process of 2D printmaking with imagery created in 3D as being similar to the practice of capturing stills from video and film.

 

An important source for modern and contemporary American & European Art in East Hampton, New York & worldwide, Janet Lehr Fine Arts' spectacular wide-ranging inventory consists of unique paintings, drawings, large & small scale sculpture, monotypes, prints and photographs  by Ansel Adams, Milton Avery, Richard Avedon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Fernando Botero, Cartier-Bresson, Marc Chagall, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Willem De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, David Hockney, Winslow Homer, Wolf Kahn, Jeff Koons, Fernand Leger, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Thomas Moran, Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Cindy Sherman, Charles Sheeler, Bert Stern, Alfred Stieglitz, Andy Warhol, Carleton E Watkins, Tom Wesselmann and Andrew Wyeth.

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EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

1977 to 1980 The Ontario College of Art
1980 to 1996 The Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Visual
Education, Medical Artist
1998 to 2001 GVFX Toronto, Senior Animator

PROFESSIONAL CREDITS

1999 Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special Effects in a Series ( Total Recall 2070 )
Gemini Nomination for Special Effects
Monitor Award for Special Effects in a series

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

2016

Spacejunk Center, St. Sebastian, SPAIN (group) San Sebastian will be the European cultural capital

2015

Gallery House Annual Show, Toronto Canada (group)

2014

February -Two Header Show Dorthy Circus Gallery with Anita Kunz, Rome Italy

CIRCA Gallery, Culver City LA, US (solo)
Affordable Art Fair New York with Richard Goodall Gallery, US (fair)
Kunstai Art Fair with Kochxbos Gallery, Netherland (fair)
Affordable Art Fair at Hampstead, London UK (fair)
Art on the Edge, Vered Gallery East Hampton New York, US (group)

AFA Gallery, New York US & Las Vegas (group)

Miami Art Fair, US (fair)

Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto Canada (fair)

2013

Feb - Special Project with Spacejunk in Germany
Feb - RAW Art Fair Rotterdam with KochxBos Gallery (fair)
March - Affordable Art Fair with Richard Goodall Gallery Battersea, London (fair)
March 21- April 7, 2013 - The Pop Surrealism Show, Opera Gallery New York (group).
April - Gallery House Group Exhibition Featuring Catherine Howe and Ray Caesar, Anita Kunz, Joe Fenton, Toronto, Canada (Group)
April 4-7 - Affordable Art Fair with Richard Goodall Gallery New York US (fair)
April 5-27 - Above Ground, Hong Kong China (group)
April 5-27 - "Pretty Girls", Above Second, Hong Kong, China (group)
April 13 - Corey Helford Gallery Retrospective Show, Culver City LA US (solo)
June 13-16 - Affordable Art Fair with Richard Goodall Gallery Hampstead, London (fair)
July 13-August 5 - Vered Gallery Group Show, East Hamptons New York (group)
July - Vered Gallery, Art Market Hamptons New York US (fair)
Oct 3 - "Truth, Light & Matter", Annual Exhibition at Gallery House, Toronto Canada (group)
Dec - Corey Helford Gallery, Miami Art Fair US (fair) Opera Gallery, Miami Art Fair US (fair)
Marseille, France - Celebration of European Cultural Capital for 2013 (group)
Bordeaux, France - From Pixel to Numeric Painting (Spacejunk Gallery)(group)
Vichy, France - Celebrating pop surrealism exhibition (Spacejunk Gallery)(group)

2012

Stephen Webster Private Show, LA (solo)
January Group Show Musee de la Halle St Pierre, Paris France (group)
Group Show Musee de la Halle St Pierre, Paris France (group)
March 6-11, 2012 Scope New York, New York USA (fair)
March 10, 2012 Kochxbos Gallery, Amsterdam The Netherlands (group)
March - June 2012 Galerie du Jour, Paris France - TBD other locations traveling exhibit (group)
April 28- June 2012 Solo Show - Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester England Solo Show (solo)
May, 2012 - Group Show Nyctalopes Exhibition, Paris France (group)
May 26-June 25, 2012 - Vered Gallery Group Exhibit, East Hampton New York USA (group) in Conjunction with Vered Auction w/Board of Trustee of MOMA
June 9, 2012 - Corey Helford Gallery Group Exhibit- "Motion: The Next Movement in Art", Culver City LA (group)
June - September 2012 - Group Show - Spacejunk Center, France (group)
September 13-29, 2012 - Group Show - Palazzo Pisana with Dorthy Circus Gallery, Italy (group)
October 24 -28, 2012 Affordable Art Fair Battersea London with Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester UK (fair)
October 26-29, 2012 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto Canada (fair)
November 1-4, 2012 Affordable Art Fair Hampstead London with Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester UK (fair)
November 29 2012 - Annual Exhibition "Miles to go before I sleep" - Gallery House w/ Gottfried Helnwein & Anita Kunz (group)
December 15, 2012 Kochxbos Gallery, Amsterdam The Netherlands (solo)
December 2012 "Crucifixion" Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City LA (group)
December 4-9, 2012 Scope Miami, Miami Florida USA (fair)

2011

Jonathon Levine Gallery, Solo Show New York, NY (solo)
Corey Helford Gallery, "In the Nursery", LA California
Frans Vanhove Gallery at Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Belgium
Corey Helford Gallery, Solo Show, LA California (solo)

2010

Richard Goodall Gallery
Bristol Museum, Bristol England
Corey Helford Gallery, LA California
Affordable Art Fair, London England
NewcastleGateshead Art Fair, Newcastle, England

2009

Galerie Magda Danysz. Paris, France
Richard Goodall Gallery. Manchester UK
Mondo Bizzaro Gallery. Rome, Italy (solo)

2008

In The Garden of Moonlight. Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NY
In The Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor. Laguna Art Museum. Laguna, CA
The Tales We Tell Exhibition Lonsdale Gallery. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2007

"We'll Make a Lover of You" At The ArtCenter, South Florida
Ipso Facto Richard Goodall Gallery Manchester England (solo)
Rome Is Burning/The New School. Foster Gallery University of Wisconsin.

2006

Sweet Victory Jonathan Levine Gallery New York (solo)
Katalogue Book Opening at The Gibson Jessop Gallery Toronto
Nostalgia , Magda Danyz Gallery, Paris
Oxop Juxtapoz show, Minneapolis
Friendly Fire, Berman Turner Projects, Santa Monica

2005

Pulp, Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto
Secret Doors and Hidden Rooms, Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York (solo)
Upon Further Review, Rogue Buddha Gallery Minneapolis
Idols of Perversity, Bellwether Gallery New York
London Art Fair, Richard Goodall Gallery, London England
Katalogue Book Opening at The Trafalgar Hotel London England
The World of Ray Caesar Kochbos Gallery Amsterdam Holland

2004

Now we are Six, Roq La Rue in Seattle ( group )
Age of Aquarius, Copro Nason in Los Angeles ( group )
Ray Caesar and Amy Hill, two person show at Roq La Rue in Seattle
Benefit for the Memphis six, Phoenix Arizona ( group benefit )
Misdirection 2004, Lineage Gallery in Burlington Vermont ( group )
Ghost Town, Tinmanalley in Philadelphia ( group )
Parallel Universe, Art Basel Florida ( group )

2003

International Digital Art Awards, Melbourne Australia ( group )
Big Men in Small Cars, Tinmanalley in Philadelphia ( group )
A Complex Conspiracy, 2 person show at Tinmanalley in Philadelphia

PRESS
PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Juxtapoz Jul/Aug 2004 #51 US
WeAr Fashion workbook Nov 2005
Gothic Beauty Jan 2006
IDN Magazine 2005
Creator Spain winter 2005
Pacha Madrid Fashion Magazine Nov 2005
NASH Ukrainian Culture Pub. cover and article 2004 Ukraine
EFX Art and Design issues #39 and #40 2004 Sweden
3D world Issue #47 January 2004 US
Toronto Life February 2005
Expose 2 - Ballistic Publishing 2004 US
Computer Graphics World July 2004 US
Computer Arts issue #59 June 2004 UK
Digital Media World 2004 Australia
New CG China cover of issue #8 2004 China
Glamour Magazine, Italian edition, article 2004 Italy
Lazama Argentina 2005
CAD Designer, Cover and article issue #200 2004 Taiwan
Denver Syntax, article 2004 US
Nippon Vogue Jan 2006
High Fructose 2007
Juxtapoz 2007
Pol Oxygen 2008
JOI 2008
Hairs How Russia 2008
Advanced Photoshop 2008
Maxim Italy 2008
Juxtapoz 2008
Urban Underground Scene publication Japan 2008

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