Will Rafuse was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He studied at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC. After a promising career as a freelance illustrator, Will decided to devote full time to his own oil paintings. The comical waiters and bartenders for which he had been known made way for paintings depicting neon signs.
Neon signs were once the calling card of virtually every diner and motel that popped up along the twists and turns of America's most famous roads. Rafuse’s paintings celebrate these colorful reminders of the past.
Once inspired by the highly-mannered work of Modigliani and Botero, Rafuse is currently influenced by Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol.
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