Ray-Al Hochman was born in Edmonton Alberta and is a proud Metis visual artist and musician currently residing in Medicine Hat Alberta. Being blessed with the gift of creativity and the drive to make his mark on the world, Ray-Al nurtured his creative spirit throughout his academic career and carries it in all walks of his life.
After graduation, he decided to pursue that passion further by completing the Applied arts and Visual Communications program at Medicine Hat College in 2013. During his time there, he was able to explore many various streams of artistic expression including drawing, painting, sculpture, print making and graphic design. Ray-Al’s insatiable hunger for artistic knowledge led him to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program offered by the University of Alberta.
He spent his time in Edmonton immersing himself in the development of his studio practice, being taught and critiqued by some of the best artists in the province. He was encouraged to push himself outside his comfort zone and create larger pieces using new and varying techniques. After completing the BFA program in 2017, Ray-Al moved back to Medicine Hat where he feels at home amongst the beautiful southern Alberta skies and slower pace that a smaller city affords.
Ray-Al draws much of his inspiration from nature, whether that be the lush flora and fauna that can be found across this beautiful country or the flash of flames from a campfire burning in the night. Ray-Al believes that nature and artistic expression are inexorably linked and that to deny this in himself would be an act of futility. Currently Ray-Al is seeking to expand his artistic notoriety and get his work out to the masses. He would love to have a gallery opening of his very own and assures anyone that his large body of work is very accommodating to a plethora of styles. While his love of abstract expressionism is at times hard to escape, Ray-Al is always up exploring new means of production and challenging himself. He can be found on Instagram as _rayartistico_ and invites you to peruse some of his selected works all of which are for sale either as original works or prints. If you’d like to commission a custom piece or see anything that catches your eye please feel free to contact Ray-Al Hochman either through Instagram or Facebook.