Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The Prince of Pranks

My new portrait of the icon that is Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur from Bewitched. I'm excited to have him join my Oh, My Stars! series.

Available as prints, clothing, mugs, home decor, phone cases, iPod cases, bags, and stationery:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/raycaspio/works/15844581-the-prince-of-pranks


Purchase in my store

Charles Chaplin

Men are joining my Oh, My Stars! series!

Here's Charlie Chaplin, The Little Tramp, in black and white and color, inspired by his performance in City Lights!


Available in black & white through my RedBubble store on:

clothing, prints, posters, cards, postcards, phone and iPad cases, mugs, pillows, tote bags, and duvet covers!
http://www.redbubble.com/people/raycaspio/works/13246391-tramp


Available in color: a hand-signed 8"x8" photographic print
from my Oh, My Stars! series.

Limited edition of 12.
E-mail me for price and shipping information.




OH, MY STARS! - FINAL WEEKEND

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate the opening of Oh, My Stars! and to those of you who will be filling your homes with new art! I was thrilled to hear the vivid memories – and to be surrounded by the joy and laughter – that my work brought up.

The exhibit closes Sunday. I'll be there Saturday from Noon-2:00ish hanging out. I hope to see you there...and if you see something you want to take home: even better! Bewitched characters, Wonder Woman, The Golden Girls, Lucy, and many other pop icons from the '60s, '70s, and '80s await!

Maria Neil Art Project – Native Cleveland Annex
15813 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110





RAY CASPIO: OH, MY STARS! Opens June 6th

Oh, My Stars!, my first solo illustration exhibit, will feature limited edition hand-signed pieces spanning the past six years of my illustration work. It opens June 6-22 at Maria Neil Art Project!

Opening Reception:
Friday, June 6, 5-10pm


Maria Neil Art Project

15813 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110

Ray Caspio is an actor, performance artist and illustrator. He will be featured in the annex next to Native Cleveland with an exhibition of his drawings of some of the most memorable and entertaining women of vintage television. Get reacquainted with Laverne & Shirley, Maude, Wonder Woman, Alexis Carrington and Samantha Stephens through Ray’s intricate and fun drawings.

We’ll be partnering with Star Pop vintage + modern to show some fun items that compliment the art on display. Star Pop's vintage pieces are the perfect compliment to Ray's work!

Ray's biggest influences have come from '60s, '70s, and '80s pop culture. Growing up, television was his life and he was enamored with strong female characters, many of whom were funny, campy, and capable of superhuman feats; most of whom existed before he was born. Oh, My Stars! is the ongoing exploration of the personalities who have fascinated, shaped, and taught him since he first learned to twitch his nose in his grandma's front room while writing cursive L's on every page of his baby book.

The exhibition opens on June 6 and runs through June 22 and will be shown at the Native-Cleveland Annex between Native Cleveland and Star Pop.

The one drawing I have from my childhood, circa 1983!

In the Adorable Fur

Available as prints, clothing, iPhone & iPad cases:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/raycaspio/works/11160189-in-the-adorable-fur

Reruns of the 1960s Batman TV series introduced me to not only the Batman mythos, but the joy of balls-out camp, pop art, and the ethereal being that is/was Eartha Kitt: my favorite Catwoman. The way she smilingly spat or slinked her lines while heating up the screen enraptured me. She brought an energy to the show that was a complete change from Julie Newmar. She brought danger.

Beyond Catwoman, I find her to be a fascinating performer; the type that rarely exists in our culture anymore. She's hard for me to write about because her work is unclassifiable in its originality. What I'll say is that she and the performances she left behind are complex and thrilling, and her soul baring bravery is inspiring.



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Ray Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.