Born in Calgary, Alberta, Will Rafuse had until recently been a resident of Vancouver for 20 years. His colorful characters became a permanent fixture in the Vancouver art scene and in both private and corporate collections worldwide. His signature style paintings have been used in many movies and television shows. Working exclusively in oils, Will has the ability to make his subject matter come to life with the use of stunning, bold colors, which have become part of his signature style. His art has a universal appeal to those who are looking to add a light-hearted, witty image to their environment. His work ranges from lovable animals to animated characters to delectable pastries and cocktails, but his trademark style remains unmistakable.
In 1997, his artwork penetrated the Open Edition poster market, when he signed a partnership with Canadian Art Prints. Since then, his collection of vibrant imagery has gained popularity worldwide, quickly making him one of CAP's top selling artists. One key achievement was the signature print he created for the 10th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Will was invited and exhibited his work in a solo show at the James Beard House & Foundation in New York City.
In addition to his originals and Open Edition prints, Will's images have also been in high demand for licensed products including coasters, dish ware, textiles, and decorative clocks, among others. His works have been chosen for a Children's school text book in France, and for the cover of the "Dictionary of Food Compounds" published in Great Britain. He created the cover art work for the Canadian Broadcasting Company's, Jurgen Gothe 20th Anniversary Discdrive CD & cookbook. As well his work was chosen for Seattle's annual food event "Bite Seattle."
Though his schedule is always full, Will thoroughly enjoys contributing to the community and never fails to make time to support local and national non-profit organizations. Throughout the years, Will has donated original pieces to many of Vancouver's charities such as The Shooting Star Foundation, Loving Spoonful, and Canuck Place Hospice. He has also contributed artwork to help raise funds for American Express' "Taste of the Nation", fighting hunger in the community, the Ronald McDonald House, the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Robert Mondovi's campaign in support of Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation. Two of Will's works raised over $26,000 to aid children with disabilities and children with cancer through an auction for Children's Charities for the B.C Lion's Society Campaign "Orcas in the City" and "Spirit Bears in the City".
Despite his tremendous success, Will maintains his down-to-earth and friendly nature that makes him a well respected and esteemed individual in all the ventures that he embarks upon. Will now resides in the beautiful city of Montreal where he continues to work hard at his craft and constantly strives for growth as an artist and as a person.
The Plaza Galleries is proud to present the fine art of Will Rafuse.