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An Homage : The Belly, acrylic on MDF, 490mm x 760mm by RifRaf
|Born||1965 (age 48–49)
Hamilton, New Zealand
|Known for||Painting, Murals, Sculpture, Graffiti|
During the early 1990s RifRaf reached a crisis point in life with a long period of obesity followed by a cycle of anorexia. Breaking free from this self-destructive behaviour, RifRaf produces art which glorifies the large woman.
RifRaf has drawn regularly since childhood, and still always carries a sketch book, drawing, for example, customers in cafés.
The artist states,
RifRaf's work celebrates the beauty and strength that is Woman,
Proof that she doesn't have to be a perfect size 6 to feel and be strong, self-confident, and desirable.
Happy in her voluptuousness and not afraid to flaunt it.
"This is ALL me and I love it !"
During the late 1990s RifRaf teamed with several musical groups, joining them on stage to paint as they played.
In mid-2007 RifRaf suffered a violent home-invasion during which many works in progress and stored completed works were destroyed.
In 2008 RifRaf was commissioned by Waitakere City to produce a series of murals in public spaces.
2008 Featured on Air NZ in-flight entertainment 'highlights of New Zealand'.
RifRaf also contributed works to "Sukkot 5769" exhibition held in Jerusalem, Israel
- RifRafs web site
- Rodney Times, Friday 8 June 2007
- NZ ArtGuild Fusion
- NZ ArtGuild Patchworks
- NZ ArtGuild Reach Out
- JPost Sukkot 5769