Raphael Adjetey Adjei Mayne (“RAAM”) is a natural born explorer. From an early age, it was clear that he wasn’t one to color between the lines, or to be bound by the pages of his exercise books. His father noticed as much, when he observed young RAAM creating intricate patterns on the floor of the family compound with charcoal from his mother’s kitchen. Perhaps to appease his wife, and certainly to encourage and nurse his young son’s talent, the older Mayne decided to get his son proper materials for him to continue his adventures in art.
By the time RAAM entered primary school, he’d become such a good artist that his teachers would call on him to illustrate their lessons on the chalk board. The extra practice helped young RAAM discover his passion for painting and solidified his desire to be an artist. In 2004, RAAM graduated from one of Ghana’s premier art’s college, Ghanatta College of Arts and Design. After graduation, RAAM began his professional journey by showcasing his works on the Art-fair circuit in Accra, Ghana.
RAAM’s inquisitive nature led him to experiment with different medium and materials. He eventually started painting on t-shirts when he noticed a strong demand for customized t-shirts. His foray into fashion opened up a whole new world of possibilities for his art. Over time, RAAM observed that the tailors he’d befriended would throw out massive quantities of cut fabric. He decided to incorporate these fabrics into his work. He taught himself how sew and started recycling the fabrics into wearable art. His designs became so popular, that he eventually co-founded a fashion line called “Off Rags” in 2010. In 2014, RAAM relocated to Germany, where he continued to refine his artistic practice. He continues to push the boundaries both as an artist and designer, while working on creating his signature style. In the near future, he intends to create his own pictographic system to help create a conversation between himself and his audience. Currently, he’s working on a series of large scale installations for his adopted hometown in Germany.Instagram | Facebook