Will Rafuse was born in Calgary, Alberta. After calling Vancouver home for decades, he spent ten years in Montreal and recently relocated to the Atlantic Coast. A graduate of Capilano University in graphic design and illustration, he later partnered with Canadian Art Prints to distribute his art print posters to over 50 countries. His paintings have been featured in many movies and television shows. Rafuse is a self-taught artist who works exclusively in oils. He is known for his vibrant saturated colors and his contemporary realistic depictions of nostalgic neon signs and urban landmarks. His work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows across North America and he has collectors throughout the world.
My fascination with neon signs began years ago while driving down the I-5 heading to California. I soon discovered these iconic symbols of a bygone era in America were hidden gems hiding in plain sight. I can only hope to give these nostalgic treasures the justice they deserve by applying my technique of vibrant color use and capturing the intense light and shadows that the neon tubing's cast.