A VIEW OF RAY MOORE (old text that I should probably rewrite 🙂 )

Ray Moore the artist. Born and raised in a small town south of New Orleans Mississippi he left early knowing of the little perspective for afro americans in his home town of McComb, by joining the army in a young age He came to Germany. Never being sent to war, he stayed in Germany and started off as a young rapper and music producer in Frankfurt. Fully dedicated to the culture of visual arts
and design he went to film school in Florence and taught himself all techniques of graphic design and programing. Successfully, he worked for several years as a creative director for international agencies – pushing pixel.

The Music got back to him and so did the need to break from the world of marketing and pixels. Years of collected written lyrics and drawings found their way on wood and canvas, to become a fast growing body of painted songs. His paintings, dominated by words and lyrics combined with lively and abstract figures are in all their nature interpretable as hip hop music. Leaving out the ‘BlingBling’- side of HipHop, his painted work is ultimately raw. Only to focus on the reality and context of words and composition.

Unaffected by an art study career, the nature of his own cultural background appears to the viewer between the lines through his
use of color and pattern. By provoking the unstructured, never following an expected line or pleasing shape, he rebels against all known codes from his career as a commercial designer. By doing so, the fast appearing handwriting and shapes are a result of a contending process against internalized cliches. By expressing and dealing with contemporary ideas, politics, modern slang as well
as lyrical word play, his raw expression pursues the present. Leaving the viewer with an ritualized performance.

ARTIST STATEMENT: ( this is a note to rewrite 🙂 )

Most of my work is as an extension to my musical background and the love of word play. I collect the information around me by sampling the elements of my environment in which I cut, splice, loop and replay these samples which translate into the current artwork I am working on at the time.

Many aspects of my Afro-American heritage populates my work in different layers. I like injecting language into my work by using elements of the hip hop culture. In some of the work you can see the influence of the songs I listen to when creating. I may take some phrases and words from the music or just try to capture the mood of the song. Poetry and various elements such as typography and figures come together to form multi-layered compositions. I see painting as a way of venting my emotions.

Born 1971 in Brookhaven, Mississippi
1990-1993 US Army Stationed in Germany
1993-2003 Studio writer and Music Producer
2003-2011 Bla Bla

2011
Group Exhib. / Gallery ‘Weltraum’ (Munich)
Booth at ‘Stroke Urban Art Fair’ (Munich)
Single Exhib. / ‘Das Provisorium’ (Munich)
2012 Booth at ‘Stroke Urban Art Fair’ (Munich)
Single Exhib. / Salon Irkutsk (Munich)
Single Exhib. / Gallery ‘Kunstvoll’ (Höhenkirchen)
Single Exhib. / Gallery ‘Lichtkreuzung’ (Munich)
Single Exhib. / ‘Unequity’ (Munich)

2013
Group Exhib. / Kulturhaus Holzapfel, with Max Wagner (Oberbrunnham / Tacherting)Single Exhib. / Unequity (Düsseldorf)
Art Fair / ‘Stroke Urban Art Fair’ (Munich)
Single Exhib. / Gallery Pivot (Munich)
Single Exhib. / Gallery ‘Weltraum’ (Munich)
Group Exhib. / Private (Stuttgart)
Group Exhib. / Stuttgart One (Stuttgart)
Single Exhib. / Unequity (Munich)
Group Exhib. / Big Data (Munich) curated by Gallery ‘Munikat’
Group Exhib. / Stuttgart curated by Gallery Strzelski

2014
Group Exhib. / Ray & NOMAD Gallery ‘Munikat’
Group Exhib. / Munique Art
Group Exhib. / Art Avenue
Group Exhib. / Open Studios – Atelier Haus Baumstr. Munich
Group Exhib. / Stuttgart curated by Gallery Strzelski

2015
Art Fair / BLOOOM Köln
Single Exhib. / Don’t be Silent! München
Art Fair / ARTMUC München

2016
Art Fair / Affordable Art Fair
Art Fair / Art Innsbruck
Art Fair / Blooom

2017
Group Exhib./ Kunstarkaden München
Art Fair / Affordable Art Fair – Hamburg