April 27 - May 20

Artist Opening Reception: Friday, April 27 5-8pm


Artist Statement:

“The more we are willing to become authentic rather than conventional, and the more unique, unconventional, or creative a being we are… the more we need to eschew conditioning for aliveness.” ~Brené Brown

Transgender is not just about one experience, not linear and not simple. Each transgender person is unique with incredibly diverse experiences yet we are united in a common struggle.

Portraits in this series are of individuals all over the world who are living their lives out in the open, and choosing integrity over safety. To live openly as transgender requires personal courage to live authentically in oppressive environments.

The artist deliberately uses no natural skin tones, instead drawing upon vibrant rainbow colors deliberately chosen to take pride in our intersectional identities uniting us in celebration.

The artist paints all clothing in gray-scale using simple black paint on white canvas. Choosing gray-scale (especially in the cases of many fashion trailblazers) helps to not distract from the vibrant living breathing souls represented while carefully respecting their style.

This series is a direct response to the oppression experienced by transgender people as they reclaim space, both literally in larger than life portraits and figuratively under a vast blue sky.

May joy, power, and blue skies be a reality for transgender and gender non-conforming community everywhere.

Brief Artist Bio: 

Fine artist, designer, and muralist, Rae Senarighi is best known for vivid colorful abstracts, intricate typography, and bold transfixing portraits of modern icons.  

After studying fine art at the University of Montana (2000,2004), Rae finished his BFA degree at the Art Institute of Seattle in 2009.  He received a Hall of Fame Award from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2011.

Rae’s detailed, thoughtful works are influenced by nearly a decade of scientific illustration, studying the natural world in micro and macro.  His illustrations have been internationally published in Cell, Nature, Gertrude Press, and Science Magazines among others.

After facing cancer in 2015, Rae refocused energy into creating fine art. Rae is a transgender non-binary artist currently living and working in Portland, Oregon.  His most recent works, TRANSCEND, in which he masterfully captures the brightness in twelve transgender culture-makers, will be touring nationwide in 2018.