From his early childhood in Philadelphia, Rah Crawford was groomed to be an artist. His mother filled his young life with a diverse arts education—summer art camps, music and theater lessons, including a short stint of ballet classes. Rah’s creativity and clairvoyant insight was highly active as his eyes gleaned deep sentiments from just a glance of a person’s face. Rah states, “I can hear another voice inside when I look in someone’s eyes. A voice that told me things about their core. I called this voice a third thought. It’s deeper in the subconscious.” This clairvoyant-like information has always shaped Rah’s perspective of the world and his artwork.
“The muses know that I’ll listen and do the work—so they keep talking. Creating art is more like a duty for me. When the work is complete, I often marvel at it in an impersonal way. I rarely feel like I’m the one who actually made it,” declares Rah.
This type of unique pathway through the arts led to Rah’s discovery of NPIC-Art, which uses the definition of words like analog links. Through the research and discovery of a word’s meaning, the viewer explores a deeper contextual layer of information below the surface that informs the artwork as a whole.
Rah has traveled across the Atlantic to share his work through exhibitions in Amsterdam along with representation in London. The shoes he wore while painting are displayed in the permanent collection at the SONS museum in Belgium. In the United States, Rah’s work has been auctioned for the Young Benefactors of the Smithsonian Museum, and ABC News reported, “Rah Crawford has arrived on the art scene and is helping to change the face of contemporary art.”
The art book Welcome to Earth—Rah Crawford’s Art Experience documents his decade-spanning four-part exhibition and the introduction of a new approach to art. A TEDx speaker and former organizer, Rah believes that intuitive insight, inspiration, and creativity are tools for realizing humankind’s greatest potential.
Arthistoryarchive.com includes Rah Crawford on a short list of 17 Neo-Pop artists whose work defines the genre, alongside Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, and Jeff Koons. The New York Times describes Rah's work as "Buoyant" "Exuberant" and "Optimistic".
The arts were originally birthed from the human spirit and my mission is to create work connected to that original source. To fall in love again through inspiration—think less and feel more. I want to reignite the idea that the artist is a vessel used to communicate a lasting value that goes beyond critical essay and linear logical thinking. My mission is to move art forward toward reconciliation with itself.