Ray Caesar

Born in London to a working class family, Ray Caesar drew incessantly from a young age.  As an adolescent, he attended obedience classes and art colleges, and, after graduation, worked for 17 years at a hospital, which profoundly influenced his artistic career.  In the Art and Photography Department at The Hospital For Sick Children, Caesar documented such things as child abuse, surgical reconstruction, psychology, and animal research. It was here that Caesar witnessed the miracles and great sadnesses that have impacted his unique vision. Following a tenure working in computer modeling, digital animation, and visual effects for television and film, Caesar mastered Maya, a complex 3D modeling software used for digital animation effects in the film and video game industries. Caesar discovered that Maya could be a medium for a new kind of artwork and began creating his masterful surrealist art. He currently focuses on his artistic career full-time, spending hundreds of hours to build a single digital image.  His richly textured models and landscapes have earned him a reputation as the most influential digital artist of his generation. Voyeurism, escapism, human cruelty, and disguise are  reoccurring themes in Caesar’s work.  His work has been acquired by  The Bristol Museum, The MoMA, and The Guggenheim as well as The Musee’ de la Halle St. Pierre.  Additionally, his work has been selected to represent Canada in the Lyon Biennale.  In 2016 and 2017, Caesar’s work can be seen in an exhibition co-curated by Hi-Fructose Magazine at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and also the Akron Art Museum in Ohio. Notable private collectors include the Hearst Family,  Riccardo Tisci, and Madonna.