Updated: May 27
Rayfield Lewis II was born in Savannah, Georgia and raised in Athens, Georgia. He came to Atlanta for the first time in 1997 for college at Clark Atlanta University.
"My dream has always been to own an art firm, even before knowing what an art firm was. I had an idea and the best word I had for it was an “Art Firm”. I have always loved art, and feel like my talent is one, to get the art in front of people, and two, to bring artists together for the ultimate creative collaborations. For that to happen, I must have a place that artists can come to collaborate and work together. This place would also offer management for the artist involved. And collectively everyone would fall under the same umbrella to ensure that we touch all genres of art, but still have the ability to be independent. My studio space at the AtrsXchange is my first shot at bringing this idea to life and seeing what that looks like. I humbly call myself a visionary. That is the best way that I can describe myself as an artist. As far as being a yogi and a teacher, more than I can say that I believe in a specific religion or God, I believe with my whole heart in being in the moment. I was introduced to yoga during a very trying time in my life, and was dealing with depression. Through breathing and eventually the physical postures, I learned to accept where I was at that point in my life. I now live my life this way. This gift was given to me, and to honor the gift I must share it with the people."
11 Questions with Rayfield Lewis
1.What is the best part about being an artist/organizer?
Being that singing is not a gift of mine, being able to work with someone who does have the gift of singing and help them produce work, I have found to be equally gratifying. I'm like that with all types of art. I love to see people with creative gifts create. Being able to be intimately involved with the process is a privilege.
2. What is the most difficult part?
Opportunities come my way constantly, often times more than I can handle. Often times, opportunities come my way that either I don't have the knowledge for, or capacity to fulfill. This is a huge reason I'm so excited and committed to the ArtsXchange...because until I gain the knowledge and capacity to fulfill the projects, I feel that the ArtsXchange can help guide me and educate me.
3. Favorite medium? Favorite way to engage with your community?
I'm in love with passion, any time I see an artist being passionate towards their work it moves me, regardless of the medium. At the moment I am really into art exhibit openings. That style of presenting art to a small intimate crowd, with the ability to interact with the artist in a cozy environment is key.
4. Whose work do you most admire
Andre 3000. His words, style, vulnerability, courage, all of it. A major influence on how I see art.
5. Describe your idea of artistic success.
What I'm doing right now is success to me. Having a space for artist to create is more than I can ask for, especially knowing how difficult it is for artist to find space to work. Plus I try to spend the least amount of time possible in the future, I try and fall in love with the journey. So yeah, being able to be on the journey and continuing the journey is success to me.
6. What is the one question you wish people would stop asking you?
If I know a particular artist.
7. What is the one thing you wish people would ask?
When do you want to start?
8. Tea or coffee?
Tea without a doubt.
9. Top three tunes to inspire creativity?
Funkadelic : Maggot Brain
James Brown : The Big Payback
Outkast : Git up, Git out
10. What projects are you currently working on?
Ahad Pace and Thom Bess art exhibit
Cornerstone Collective art exhibit
Victor Jackson Music showcase
Kipp schools South Art Mural
2nd Chance MS art curriculum
11. If you could pass along one message to the rest of the world right now, what would you say?
We all we got, the sooner we realize that, the better off we all will be. We can only have World Peace if all of us believe it is possible.
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