What started as a childhood fascination with the beauty and versatility of paper, has turned into an internationally acclaimed career. From an early age, all manner of artistic endeavour captivated Ray but it was the special qualities of paper as a medium that always enthralled him the most.
Later however, it was Ray's other passion for nature that led him to graduate from La Trobe University with a degree in Biological Science having seriously considered becoming an entomologist, but his love of art proved so much stronger.
In 1983 Ray went to work with a graphic design firm where he developed his skills, especially in illustration, but it was not until 1989 in his first year of freelancing that an opportunity with Spicers Paper reawakened his childhood passion and led to his first professional paper sculpture. Whilst he continued to work as a graphic designer/illustrator over the next six years, the future was clear. From this time on, Ray's unique techniques have led him to be placed amongst the world's notable exponents of this beautiful and highly specialized art form.
At first, most of Ray's paper sculptures were applied to advertising clients as diverse as Toyota and Woolworths, but the versatility of the his techniques have since opened enthusiastic doors with publishers such as Macmillan and American Greetings (John Sands), private individuals and high profile corporations such as Macquarie Bank and AMCOR. In his latest commission for the government of the Northern Territory of Australia, he designed and built what are the three largest paper sculptures of their kind in the world.
Since 1992, Ray's contribution to paper sculpture has been recognised internationally with no less than fifteen awards from the New York based Dimensional Illustrators Awards, including a Gold Award, and a highly prestigious World Medal at the New York Festivals.
Today, Ray's unmatched skills are set to entice and enchant an even wider audience of art buyers who, while recognizeing it's beauty, never previously considered something so seemingly delicate and limiting as paper to infact be such a capable medium.
In the words of satisfied clients and collegues
Since 1992, Ray Besserdin, Paper Sculptor, Par Excellence, has been recognized by the 3Dimensional Illustrators Award Show with 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 12 Bronze Awards for his paper sculpture acumen. His work has faced the most sophisticated competition worldwide and has risen to the top in the premiere competition that recognizes the artistry of paper sculpture on an international scale. Ray's paper sculpture prowess has evolved over the years and now runs the gambit from the diminutive to the colossal.
Ray's capacity to convert the clients dream into reality, makes him one of the industry most gifted paper sculptors. His ability to take a flat piece of paper and create magnificent sculptures with depth, breath and emotion demonstrate the genius of Besserdin's work. As President of the 3Dimensional Illustrators Awards Show, I am honored to recognize Ray as one of the elite Paper Sculptors worldwide.
Dimensional Illustrators, Inc.
"When recommended a paper sculpture as a show piece behind the foyer's concierge desk we were admittedly a little hesitant in selecting a less recognised style of art.
However, since purchasing and hanging Ray Besserdin's work "Flowing Synthesis", we have been delighted with our decision, which has been repeatedly vindicated through compliments from both visitors to the building and its tenants.
PII is also now the proud owner of a piece of art which won the gold award for creative excellence at the annual Dimensional Illustrators Awards for 1998 , held recently in New York. We would encourage any prospective purchasers of Ray's work to visit Celcius House, to see first hand what an impression his work has created."
Michael E McFarlane
Macquarie Bank Limited
"....Ray spent a great deal of time researching Amcor to ensure the artwork was befitting the essence of the company. He also provided regular updates throughout the creative process.
The completed sculpture, entitled Amcor 2000 & Beyond, has surpassed my expectations and I regard it as a significant timepiece.
I am delighted with the piece and highly recommend Ray's talents."
"Dick thought the work sensational, as did all those who saw it then and since. I was proud to be able to give such a wonderful piece of work. It was all I thought it would be - and more.
Congratulations again Ray for the significant achievement and you may rest assured it will hang at DJR with pride."
Tickford Vehicle Engineering
"....Ray's clearly demonstrated artistic skills are substantially embellished by an ability to work for the project not for the ego, he realises that this is the only path for improving the creative process and achieving genuine success...
We will be collaborating with Ray Besserdin again in the near future on another rewarding project. In the meantime we commend Ray for his talent, attitude and synergy, to whoever else may be seeking a successful project."
Technical Group NT
"One of the delights of being a papermaker is the contacts which are made with various artists around the world, which, compensating for the sometime inability to make a profit, make it all worth while...BUT I DO NOT THINK I HAVE BEEN AT SUCH A LOSS FOR WORDS AS WHEN I OPENED YOUR LETTER TODAY AND SAW ALL THAT STUNNING WORK!..."
Blue Lake Fine Art Paper Mill
Ray Besserdin is one of the world's premier paper sculpture artists. His work has constantly evolved over the years as he explores and executes new applications of his wondrous, intricate art.
Last year I commissioned Ray to create six paper sculptures of Australian wildflowers for my Manhattan apartment. The geographical distance between us mattered not at all, Ray kept me updated at every step of the project with sketches, construction suggestions, colour and paper selections and framing recommendations. The pieces were shipped to me in secure, protective packaging (clearly designed by the master himself!) via Federal Express and were in perfect condition. The final artwork is simply stunning. I could not recommend this gifted artist more highly.
Jan Bitcon, Manhattan, New York.