Born and raised in Cape Town, Rayaan was never found without a crayon, paintbrush or pencil in hand scribbling, doodling and painting for hours at a time. He completed a degree in graphic design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and inspiration for his work is drawn from a myriad of avenues including graphic design, comic books, animation, video games, fine art as well as graffiti and street art.

Rayaan’s artwork appeared alongside local and international artists as part of a group mixed-media exhibition called Co-Mix, at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2011, followed by a group exhibition called CORE, in 2012. His politically charged, anti-war illustration – War is Terrorism, was featured in a group exhibition entitled 20 x 20 at the Mødestedet gallery in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2013.

INTRINSIC marked his first solo exhibition effort at the Black Box gallery in August, 2013, followed by a group exhibition at Youngblood Gallery in Cape Town, called GRAFLIT – Graveyard literature in black and white – in September 2013.

Rayaan was invited to paint a large-scale mural at the Al-Qasba Street Fiesta in Sharjah – United Arab Emirates in December 2013 along with the rest of the CORE artist collective. His artworks featured in a group exhibition called Media Monster, hosted Two by Two Gallery in Newtown, Johannesburg alongside street artist Tyke, from the legendary Johannesburg Graffiti Crew – The Demolition Squad, on the 24th April, 2014.

The Paper Planes group exhibition held by Alexander’s Band and hosted at the 2015 Design Indaba Expo featured featured Rayaan’s artwork with a theme on local African Mythology and Folk stories. Rayaan’s work formed part of another Cape Town-themed group exhibition at 99Loop in July 2015.

Not Another Art Hub in Johannesburg, hosted a group exhibition called Amalgamation at The Hive 25 February 2016, which was a collaboration of artworks by Vidam and HRVB from Berlin-based – The Weird crew and Rayaan and Anwar Davids from the CORE Collective.

More of Rayaan’s work can be found at: www.behance.net/BlkOps_Creative