74: Joe Ray

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives

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Joe Ray
Joe Ray is a painter and printmaker who says his work is reflective of a bi-cultural perspective formed by the Arizona and Mexico region(s), the people living in that region as well as a contemporary Chicano perspective.

During the day, Ray is Vice President of Multicultural Marketing at E.B. Lane.

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Joe Ray
Algunos Escarceos - mixed medium on paper
I came to Phoenix with . . . Wild eyed hunger and ambition with my transfer to ASU.

Joe Ray
El Regalito - acrylic on canvas
I make art because . . . Something has to come out, it has to be unleashed. If not, it makes my head and most of my joints ache. Plus, I can see it and it bugs the hell out of me if I can't express or make a representation of it somehow.

I'm most productive when . . . I'm up before the sun is. It's an inside joke I've had with the sun most of my life; see who's up first waiting for the other, doing what they do.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . Sketches, photos of friends, family and places I've been or intend to go to, and things I'm longing to do. If I can draw an arrow on it, it can go on my wall.

I've learned the most from . . . Mistakes, arguments and agreements. And listening.

Joe Ray
Sirena Negra - acrylic on canvas board
Good work should always . . . Provoke, inspire and change. If it does this to you and you can't exactly articulate why this is, then it (the work) has succeeded.

The Phoenix creative scene could use . . . Optimists who can take the heat. Hopefully this drives out the whiners.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez

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Joe Ray
Dancing With El Diablo - Monosilkscreen print
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty

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