[R]ay Fiasco is hard to define. The 23-year-old is a fine artist, a music video director, a photographer, a human, a Londoner, a sometimes DJ, a friend, a Future fan, a man with many passions about many things. The journey started when he dropped out of a photography degree at the University of Brighton and began sleeping couch to couch across London.
Before long he was involved in the city’s music scene. On his travels, he met musicians and managers and fellow photographers and directors, and, as part of creative collective Asylum 33, began to release material of his own. Then, when South London rapper Bonkaz needed a visual for his first single ‘We Run the Block’, it was Asylum and Ray that he called on. The video – shot in one day – was a big success and gained the attention of record labels and other musicians and the interest began to mount.
So, after a few years, Ray was working with some of his favourite artists (via music videos and photography), all the while never losing sight of his interest in fine art, sketching out ideas on his laptop and publishing them on his Tumblr. Then in 2016, and on behalf of the ICF, he was flown to Italy for the Venice Biennale where perhaps for the first time, Ray realised that his bold artistic dreams were within reach. He returned to London inspired and decided to host his own debut exhibition ‘Light and Death,’ exploring the themes of destruction and rebirth.
Hunger caught up with him to talk fine art, music and surviving as a creative in London