Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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This Show Is So Gay

Last week, I was interviewed by Ken Schneck for the full hour of his This Show is So Gay podcast! We talk Oh, My Stars!, TingleTangle, performing, classic pop culture, game shows...it's really fun!

Link to the interview: http://thisshowissogay.com/node/740

Now the World is Ready for You

My tribute to Lynda Carter's ultimate Wonder Woman, who has influenced my life in so many ways since I was three. I haven't drawn her in quite awhile, and it felt incredible to do this one. I captured what I've been working at capturing for years. This was finished a couple months ago and the time is right to finally share it.

In some very exciting news, I'm looking forward to co-hosting Satin Tights: A Wonder Woman Podcast with Paul K. Bisson and many very special guests, beginning later this summer. It's all about Lynda's Wonder Woman TV series, one episode at a time. It'll be great to really explore this series (celebrating its 40th year!) and this character's impact, and have quite a bit of fun doing it!

16"x20" hand-signed limited edition prints available
100% cotton rag Giclée print: archival paper, archival inks

E-mail for 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!

Exhibited: Winterloo Art Mix @ Maria Neil Art Project


My TV character portrait series is on exhibit (and for sale!) at Maria Neil Art Project gallery's Winterloo Art Mix in Collinwood through December 22nd! This is my first exhibition of work!

You can buy hand signed 8"x10" prints of pieces such as Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan, Wonder Woman's Spin Transformation, Laverne DeFazio, Rhoda Morgenstern, And Then There's Maude, Oh, My Stars (Samantha Stephens), Lucy is the Queen of the Gypsies, and more! These are all specially designed for Winterloo Art Mix and make unique, personal holiday gifts...and you're supporting independent artists in the process!

Winterloo Art Mix also features the work of seven other artists who work in various media.

I'm thrilled to be a part of this and hope you make it to Maria Neil Art Project before December 22nd! Hours are below:

Every Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 5pm
Friday 11/1: 5-10pm
Black Friday 11/29: Noon-9pm
Friday 12/6: 5-11pm
Friday 12/20: 5-10pm

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman Poster

14"x17" Bristol Board
Pencil, ink, Prismacolor pencils
$250 plus shipping


If you're interested in the piece, you can e-mail or contact me through the contact form on the right.



I penciled and Kevenn T. Smith inked and colored this history of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman poster in 2002-2003. We've decided to part with the original artwork.

In addition to Lynda's various Wonder Woman and Diana Prince looks, it contains many pivotal characters from the ABC/CBS series: Etta Candy, General Blankenship, Steve Trevor, Andros I, Andros II, The Zardor, Skrill, Joe Atkinson, Eve, IRAC, Rover, Gargantua, Hippolyte (Cloris Leachman), Fausta, Formicida, and Debra Winger as Wonder Girl.

Wonder Woman: Unhampered by Masculine Destructiveness

Available, starting at less than $3.00, as a card, print, or poster: http://www.redbubble.com/people/raycaspio/works/9669009-unhampered-by-masculine-destructiveness

The quote I depicted here is my favorite from the entire Wonder Woman TV series, from one of my favorite episodes: Fausta, the Nazi Wonder Woman. Fausta was one of the few episodes based on an actual comic book story, published in Comics Cavalcade #2. Often thought of as the third special of the television series – since it was the third to air – it was actually produced second and should be watched after the Pilot if you like any kind of continuity. <<...obsessive viewer...>>

Fausta Grables (Lynda Day George), former Olympian and current Nazi – a natural progression – devises a mission to come to America in order to capture Wonder Woman and learn her secrets. She's successful, and attempts to convince her superior, Colonel Kesselman (Bo Brundin), of the truth-coercing abilities of the Golden Lasso. He, being a stubborn, arrogant, male Nazi, is having none of it. Wonder Woman, once bound by her own lasso, offers Fausta the following when asked, in front of Kesselman, "What makes you so strong?": 

"On Paradise Island there are only women. Because of this pure environment, we are able to develop our minds and our physical skills, unhampered by masculine destructiveness."


In the end, Wonder Woman reforms Fausta, who stays in Germany and becomes a double-agent.

Unfortunately, the peaceful, advanced, intelligent interpretation of Paradise Island no longer exists in the DC Comics universe, where the Amazons are depicted as warriors, rapists, murderers – and also, an obliterated nation. It's unfortunate, but it's important to remember that for 70 years, the message of the true Wonder Woman was put out into the ether.

background photos by Frank J. Lanza Photography, courtesy of Theater Ninjas
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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.