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74: Joe Ray

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

74: Joe Ray
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.

Algunos Escarceos - mixed medium on paper
Algunos Escarceos - mixed medium on paper
Joe Ray

I came to Phoenix with . . . Wild eyed hunger and ambition with my transfer to ASU.

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.

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

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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