A recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a BFA in Communication Arts, Stanley Ralph Rayfield has specialized in portraiture for over a decade. While studying at VCU he has participated in various group shows in Virginia. He has exhibited in Richmond based Art 6 Gallery, ISHQ Gallery, 312 Gallery, and the Anderson Gallery. He also exhibited in Sage Moon Gallery in Charlottesville, VA, and participated in Society of Illustrators Student Competition in New York, NY.
Stanley received various scholarships and fellowships while studying at VCU. He was awarded the VCU School of the Arts Mallory Callan Memorial Scholarship, the National Society of Arts and Letters, Shirley Winston Scholarship, The Society of Illustrators George Wilson scholarship, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Undergraduate Fellowship.
Since graduating from VCU, Stanley has received more honors and completed more commissions, and teaches art workshops part-time. He painted the album cover for Verve Records, Clifford Brown CD, and exhibited in a Capitol One group show. He has work in the permanent collection at VCU School of the Arts and MCV Hospital. He also has work exhibited in the Old West Museum, Western Spirit Art Show in Wyoming.
Stanley had a portrait, entitled "Dad," in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, where he was awarded second place in the 2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. He has been featured in The Online News Hour, Richmond.com, Richmond Times Dispatch Newspaper, and he has appeared on Virginia This Morning talk show. The portrait was featured in the April issue of "The Artist Magazine" and was featured in the Washington Post.
Stanley has done portrait commissions for organizations and private individuals, and he plans to continue doing this throughout his art career.