Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, 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 is the founder of the illustration and design studio called BlkOps Creative.
Partial to black india ink, digital painting, graffiti and dabbling in 3D Modeling, Rayaan is influenced by everything from comic books, animation, street art, graffiti and the hip hop culture as a whole.
His 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 another successful group exhibition called CORE in 2012 at the Museum Gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town.
I have a love affair working in monotone using black india ink. The themes of my work include political statements and social commentary, as well as random, subconsious illustration work. I am inspired to carry and element of truth as a message to the viewer of my artwork. Street art and graffiti is another passion of mine and the roots of my journey as an artist was inspired by my love for comic books as a child. Underground Hip Hop is the sound track to my life.
Co-Mix Group Exhibition at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival - 2011
CORE Group Exhibition at the Museum Gallery, Cape Town - 2012