As I have been pursuing a dream, I have learned to live my life by following my heart. My pursuit to better the world around me, by making a difference in the lives of others, does not end with me; every individual should strive to do his/her part and no part is ever too small.
As our world approaches a technological height, we should all remember where our spirits lie and the worth of humanity and life. If we do not take the time to recognize our purpose on Earth, we are living with a void in our hearts, because we are lacking love. Love for our surroundings, for fellow human beings, love for life, and most importantly, love for ourselves. I say most importantly because without self-love we cannot give love of any form. As humans beings, there many commonalities that we share regardless of race, ethnicity or color. Therefore, we should all take the time to open our eyes and hearts so that we may begin to love all that our eyes behold. It takes very little time to smile at someone or help someone in need and only when we have fully opened our hearts will we be able to do so with ease, with care and with love.
More often than not, we are distracted by the obstacles in our lives and by our daily routines. We remain stagnant in a solitary place or time and lose sight of our common bond. My dedication to my gift allows me to free my spirit so that others can benefit from the gift of self-expression. The gift I have been given does not belong to me-this language I speak has no dialect to decipher and everyone who comes across my work is free to go within my world and experience life as I do.
The fact that we cannot know which will be our last breath should be a reminder that we should live our lives fully and take the time to enjoy the beauty each day has to offer. There is no time like the present to make a difference and I believe my living example can serve as a reminder that neither time nor age should stand in the way of one’s dreams aspirations, goals, and vision.
In March of 2012 he was fortunate to become executive producer of The NIMBY Experience.
Rays is currently establishing a scholarship for the ARTS. He has partnered up with a film production company starting a Non-for-Profit called “Revitalizing the ARTS for Youth” which will launch in 2014 assisting seniors in high school with scholarships and community outreach program with children of all ages.
It is Ray’s desire to pursue his dreams and share it with the world in hope of inspiring others to follow their own hearts on their way to happiness.
In addition to his artwork, Ray has always incorporated a different art form in his life: music. He was a Disc Jockey in New York scene for 17 years. He has produced music and co-directed an NBA commercial spot that aired in Puerto Rico, as well as produced the musical score for a short film by The Miss Chinese Beauty Pageant Production 2005.
Ray has been donating his art to raise funds for children and human rights organizations such as Heart Share, Path Ways for Youth, Gay Men Association for Blacks, The Oratory Church of St. Bonfire in Brooklyn for the children in Africa, St. Peters Church in Yonkers for the children in Angola, Africa, and for The Hispanic Journalism Association, which auctioned off his artwork at Sotheby's in 2003.
With over 12 years as an established artist, Ray’s vision and artistic style have gained notable attention from politicians, humanitarians, and various organizations. His work has been recognized and honored by former Governor George Pataki; Manhattan Borough President Virginia C. Fields; Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. at the Bronx Museum; and in October 2005, the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honored Ray for his philanthropic work and contributions to the children of Brooklyn.
After attending Pratt Institute, Ray Rosario began designing hand-crafted wall covering for Archetonic, Inc. Within five years, he received several promotions resulting in the management of the company, including the Manhattan showroom located at the Design Center.
In 1996, Ray left Archetonic to merge his creative talents into life-awakening artwork that embodied his philosophy. Two years later, he began producing work. During this period, he volunteered at Brooklyn Hospital teaching children undergoing chemotherapy and raising funds for the hospital by selling his artwork. From 1998 to 2000, Ray spent his summers as an art teacher and program director for the summer camps (Camp Sebago & Camp Hitman) that enrolled inner city children from community centers and orphanages.
Ray began exhibiting his artwork for the first time in June 2000. His work was received with great enthusiasm at an exhibition held in NYC and many exhibits followed thereafter at various corporations, private galleries, and colleges. In 2002, Ray gained further recognition with a Barnes & Noble Booksellers year-long tour in which his artwork was exhibited in various Barnes & Noble stores. It was during this time that Ray was invited to participate in a nationally broadcast interview on Univision’s channel 41 “Despierta America” discussing his movement for humanity.
In 2003, he was invited to lecture at Rutgers University about the cultural effects of a modern-day artist. As Ray enjoys working with young people, he gladly collaborated with Barnes & Noble on a children’s art project at the Westchester, New York, location that was ongoing throughout late 2003. Comité Noviembre, a non-profit organization that commemorates Puerto Rican culture and heritage, commissioned Ray for three years (2003, 2004, and 2006) to produce a painting representing Hispanic Heritage Month. The painting was distributed in poster format throughout the five boroughs to promote cultural studies.
Later in 2005, Anchor Mario Boquez of CBS featured Ray Rosario on his Sunday morning show, “The Business Kipp Report,” where he discussed and gave tips for new artist entering the business of art. Also that year, Ray was honored by the City of Yonkers and commissioned to create a poster representing unity and humanity. During October 2005, Berkeley College invited Ray to exhibit his artwork and gave two lectures on “The Impact of Business on the Creative Mind”. Shortly thereafter, he collaborated with Queens Hospital Center to exhibit and sold his artwork to raise funds for the Katrina hurricane victims.
In 2007, Ray was commissioned to create a painting that depicted his interpretation of Black Madonna for an opening at The National Museum of Catholic Art and History. The painting toured other Museums around the country for a year. A few months later The New York Chapter of the Emmy’s invited Ray to be one of the judges on the panel for the 59th Annual Emmy Awards.
Ray collaborated with Susan G. Komen in 2008. He created a painting at the NYC Race for Cure event with the participants hand prints that was auctioned off to raise funds for breast cancer. Late in 2008, he put a team of specialist together to work on an ongoing project to build a Village in Tanzania (Africa) to help his friend Father Stephen Mosha who resides in Tanzania. The project was adopted by the United Nations in February of 2009 and is currently being filmed for a documentary. They have acquired 10 acres of land and projection of construction will start in 2012. NY 1 News interviewed him on the project in 2009.
In 2010 Rays artwork appeared in a film called “The Miracle of Spanish Harlem” by Vista Clara Productions scheduled to be released winter of 2011, with a speaking cameo role. His work also appeared in a music video with another cameo for “Corina Katt” released 2011 called “Aunque Me Duela.” He was a guest speaker at Bronx Community College lecturing about the Business of art early in 2011. Just before the 2011 holidays Ray gave a lecture at Lehman College to students on the power of education and dreams followed by another at Bronx Community College for the Bronx Upward Bound Program.
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