The Enduring Art of Ray Ferrer

“Intuition is seeing with the soul.” – author Dean Koontz

"Intuition" is a creation of  New York City spray paint and stencil artist Ray Ferrer.

“Intuition” is a creation of New York City spray paint and stencil artist Ray Ferrer.

I began following Ray Ferrer and his art work after he commented on a blog I posted in 2012. The more I learned about Ray, the more impressed I was not merely by his art, but his versatility and humanity. Ray was a genuinely good and caring person. In December 2012, I wrote about Ray competing to have his work exhibited in Time Square. His images ran the gamut from Jack Nicholson to Billy Holiday, Bob Marley to Einstein, and from ironworkers eating lunch on an I-beam high above the streets of New York City to a joyful child swinging on a tire swing. But it was the work he named “Intuition” that hooked me for its beauty, innocence, and because it reminds me of my granddaughter Carley.

Early this year Ray’s wife, Rhian, found him in bed suffering from a seizure. He was rushed to the hospital where they discovered a massive tumor on his brain. Ray continued his work while fighting for his life, a testament to his optimism and will to live. He posted a blog in early February titled “Watchful Eyes” which was the first work he created after being diagnosed with the tumor.

Sadly, I returned from a hike on the Appalachian Trail yesterday to the news of Ray’s passing. My heart goes out to his wife Rhian, Ray’s loved ones and all of his fans. I am honored to have gotten to know this talented artist and wonderful human being.

The beauty of art is that it endures, and Ray left the world with a vast piece of himself through his paintings. Visit Ray Ferrer – Emotion on Canvas to read Ray’s story and to appreciate his art.

Artist Ray Ferrer with "Watchful Eyes."

Artist Ray Ferrer with “Watchful Eyes.”



About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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6 Responses to The Enduring Art of Ray Ferrer

  1. Sophie33 says:

    That is cool work from this man! 🙂


  2. Mark Mangan says:

    Thank you Jim for introducing me to another wonderful artist.


  3. aaronwest says:

    I didn’t know Ray or his work, which is unfortunate because it sounds like it would be up my alley. Having just returned from NYC, I wonder if I saw his work somewhere. Thanks for sharing and I’ll go read his story now.


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