Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Gerard Christopher as Superboy

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Thanks to the Warner Archive, I've been watching The Adventures of Superboy. I remember seeing one episode as a kid when Superman didn't mean much to me and Wonder Woman was everything. Approaching this later, in a time when Superman kills in the cold, dark Man of Steel, I'm able to appreciate what Gerard Christopher brought to the role and the comic book vibe of this series.

The episodes vary in quality and yes, often seem dated, but Gerard Christopher has an appealing, unique, compassionate energy as Supermanboy that makes the series worth watching and show why this character can be inspiring. When he took over the role after the first season from John Haymes Newton, whose portrayal was aggressive, angry, stiff and, well, intolerable, the show quickly improved and put Christopher near the top of my list of favorite actors to portray Superman.

He's also the most beautiful.

This piece was a personal challenge and evolved my work in terms of detail and subject matter that I'm eager to further explore. I can't wait to get it printed and hanging in my office...and on a t-shirt!

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In the Adorable Fur

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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.

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

Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan

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I've been watching Dynasty the past few months: a show I haven't seen since I was a kid watching with my grandma. My obsession was immediate, so turn your head with a bitchy jolt and see Joan Collins as Alexis, one of my favorite characters in anything ever.

Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern

Last week, I wrote a little about Valerie Harper and Rhoda Morgenstern, plus showed a very early-in-the-process sketch of a piece I was working on. 

Well, here's the completed work:

...and the sketch:

Watching Valerie on her talk show appearances last week, plus disc after disc of RHODA, really inspired me in so many ways. I'm happy with this illustration. It says more about how I feel than anything I could type.

"Don't go to the funeral until the day of the funeral." – Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper as Rhoda (In Progress)

Valerie Harper has been in the news lately. Her willingness to share her story is another reason why she, and her work, effects me so much. After being with my grandma through her final month through her moment of death, a time like this serves to reminds me, once again, how important life – and living in the present moment – is. It's something I remind myself of frequently.

I started working on this tribute to Valerie as Rhoda. It'll be done in a couple days. I'm not really satisfied by my previous effort – which Valerie Tweeted me that she loved, and it also ended up on Playbill in a video interview with her – so I figured there's no better time than right now to work on Valerie/Rhoda, and what that means to me, again. Or, maybe, that dissatisfaction is just a sign of growth.

Valerie, if you see this, please know you've had a great impact on my life and artistic career. Secretly – or, not so secretly, depending on who you talk to! – I've always thought you'd be the perfect person to play my grandma, Josephine, who introduced me to Rhoda in syndication on late night TV in the early 1980s. (It was a Friday night and I was up much later than I should have been, but Grandma didn't mind.) I wish you much love, peace, and strength...and more love. Listening to I, Rhoda and watching your interviews, as I have been these past few days, you do have it all around you.

Back in a couple days with the finished work!

UPDATE, March 18th: The completed work

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.