Raymond Stuwe (b.1964 Wald/Zurich, Switzerland) has lived in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, Bangkok,Thailand, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, USA and now lives in La Gomera, the Canary Island. At the age of 32, because of his love of playing poker, he moved to Las Vegas. After being a marketing professional behind the poker scene, he eventually became a poker professional with entries into the World Series of Poker, The Asian Poker Tour, ECPoker Tour and the Irish Poker Open.
A burnout in 2016 marks his ‘coming out’ as an artist. In the middle of one night he woke up and told his partner that he felt an urge to paint. With only some experience in pencil in his younger years, he bought his first acrylic paint set on 8th October 2016 and from then on Raymond never stopped painting again. Raymond:“Someone has a plan for me, that’s how it feels.”
Since 1978 Raymond has been inspired by David Bowie’s music and Bowie’s totally free spirit. Logically, Bowie immediately became becomes right away his muse. When Raymond started painting after David Bowie’s death in 2016, it was the beginning of ‘StuRayArt’.
For Raymond, painting feels like a direct reconnection with the happiness of drawing when he was a child. “It was the same feeling when I was six, the recognition was sensational.”
Raymond paints as an outsider, autodidact and visionaire. Not troubled by any art education or experience, he experiments with different techniques like paint, pen, 24k gold, metal flakes, epoxy resins and silkscreen. He is adventurous, curious and playful.
The result? Bright, fresh and super eye-catching artworks. Without a concrete idea he just starts playing and lets the piece organically grow until it touches his heart. Unique works with a simple, pure and very authentic signature, that’s ‘StuRayArt’.
A Little Art Intro
I have never, ever studied painting! I’m totally autodidact & visionary self-taught artist entirely free of any formal art education, simply pure and authentic. I have the feeling that this is the reason why my paintings have such a unique look. Nobody was there telling me what I could and could not do.
My art is a result of a free-flowing mind seeking to express itself. With my adventurous spirit, I explore different techniques… My favorite personal statement: “You never know, unless you try” show these bright and super eye-catching I use everything I can find, from paint, to pen, to24k gold, to metal flake & epoxy resin. Every piece is an experiment – I never have a concrete idea of how it will turn out. I keep playing with the piece organically until it feels right and speaks to me.