Digital dreams by Ray Caesar
Digital artist Ray Caesar was born in 1958 in London. At an early age, his family moved to Toronto, 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 and photography department of the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, documenting disturbing cases of child abuse, surgical reconstruction, psychology, and animal research.
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. In 1999, Caesar received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special Effects in a series.
As the artist explains: “I take difficult memories and hidden emotions and turn them into something that at first glance seems pretty, then you notice something a little disturbing or an ingredient that you wonder why it might be there.
A little tainted, a little melancholy, a little funny, a little sad and a little taboo… I mix this with clocks and scissors and irons and knives and silk dresses hiding strange things underneath“.
Images courtesy of Ray Caesar | Gallery House