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Ray Caesar

(born in 1958)


Ray Caesar (b. October 26, 1958) is a visual surreal artist and digital painter residing in Toronto, Canada. As he wrote about himself "I was born in London, England on October 26 1958, the youngest of four and much to my parent's surprise, I was born a dog". Caesar’s family moved to Canada after "some trouble with intolerant neighbours".

Graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design, Caesar went on to work in the Art and Photography department of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he has documented various child inflictions in sketches. This gruesome experience has enabled Caesar to create surreal landscapes and models with very detailed photographic textures.

He painted mostly little girls. But accordingly to his words "Actually they are not all little girls. Many of them are little boys too such as the Prince of Truth, Castor and Pollux, Harvest and many of them are boys in dresses ( boys were often dressed this way before the 20th century and I had two older sister that had no end of fun dressing me up)". "People think I paint pictures of children… I don’t! I paint pictures of the human soul… that alluring image of the hidden part of ourselves… some call them ghosts or spirits but I see them as the image of who we truly are, made manifest with all the objects and bruises that filled the story of each life."

"My work is mainly about the Archetype of the Divine Child… the Christ figure in all its forms as to me this represents spiritual growth. The children in my work are actually a form of self portrait and as an artist the feminine is a more accurate picture of the nature of the soul… of my soul… that which gives birth to creation."

The most incredible thing about Caesar’s work is that they are digital. At first glance, they look like paintings but Caesar creates his dream-like images with a 3D modeling software called Maya.

Returns Of The Day 2009

Fire Flies 2009

Arabesque 2009

French Kiss 2009

Ecstasy 2009

From Such Foulness of Root Does Sweetness Grow 2009

Kingdom 2009

Mourning Glory 2008

Decent 2008

Metatron 2008

Side Saddle 2008

Day Break 2008

Kats Kraddle 2008

Harvest 2008

Victory Ship Study 2008

Forget Me Not 2008

The Interruption 2008

Distant Thunder 2008

Santa Maria 2007

Ebb Tide 2007

Monday's Child 2007

Wallflowers 2007

Hally Lou 2007

Coming Undone 2007

Blessed 2006

Roundabout 2006

Madre 2006

Semtinel 2006

Consort 2006

Precious 2006

Sweet Victory 2006

Castor 2005

Trouble Child 2005

Final Destination 2005

Fly Trap 2005

Golden Words 2005

Pollux 2005

Sisters 2005

In the Hall of Ages 2005

L'Accord D'Amour 2005

The Power and the Glory 2005

Incognito 2005

Sanctuary 2005

Bubbles 2004

Manifestation 2004

Merchant of Dreams 2004

Sleeping by Day 2004

Guardian 2004

Companion 2004

Prince of Truth 2004

First of Days 2004

Messenger Study 2004

Oh! Sweet Vanity 2004

Paternal Secrets 2004

Messenger 2004

Kitten 2003

The Healing Light 2003

Mother Mantis 2003

Silent Whispers 2003

Pretty in Blue 2003

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