Demi Raven has had a strong interest in visual art since adolescence. Encouraged by his mother, also a creative person, he took many early classes at the Bemis Art School in Colorado Springs, CO. Throughout his primary and secondary education he excelled at drawing and painting, gaining a number of local awards and exhibition opportunities.
After graduation from high school and a subsequent year traveling and performing music globally, Demi entered the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated magna cum laude in Visual Art with an emphasis on Painting in 1997. During his education, the majority of his studies were in Photography, a subject of great interest that influenced the manner in which he approached painting. He participated in internships with photographers Albert Chong and Melanie Walker, and worked closely with photographer/scholar Alex Sweetman.
Following his time at the University of Colorado, Demi relocated to Seattle, Washington to pursue a career in art as well as to further augment his education with a degree in Computer Science, which he acquired in 2002 from the University of Washington.
Demi has been an active part of the visual arts community for nearly twenty years. In 1997, Demi joined the visionary SOIL Artist Cooperative, an artist-run collective gallery. There he spent nearly six years developing, curating, exhibiting, and co-managing this gallery. In the late 1990’s he was a founding editor and writer for RedHeaded StepChild (1999-2001), a local periodical devoted to the review and discussion of the emerging art community in Seattle. He has exhibited his paintings frequently since his arrival to Seattle. In 2006, Demi was a finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and exhibited for six months at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Currently, Demi and his wife Janet have been developing an art space called The Grocery in Seattle’s North Beacon Hill, hosting a variety of art and musical events. The Grocery also serves as his studio location. https://www.facebook.com/thegroceryseattle/
Demi’s art has been represented by Pacini Lubel Gallery (Seattle), and Packer Schopf Gallery (Chicago), Atelier31 Gallery (Seattle), GAS Gallery (Turin, Italy), and NextMonet (online). Currently Demi represents himself.