Born in 1992 in Sydney, Australia, Zoë Rayne is an oil painter whose realistic paintings create a narrative of her vivid dreams and the interweaving of magic, ritual and myth throughout her life.
With a deep connection to the natural world, Zoë has always felt called to depict humanity’s inherent inseparability with nature and how this relates beyond our ordinary state of being. A painter of the liminal, Zoë strives to portray a sense of mystery, intrigue and eeriness in her work which can be used as portals to transport the viewer into other realms; in-between spaces where magic lives and speaks to us in a language that we all seek to remember. Her paintings are a reclamation of old ways found in myth, story and folklore, intertwined with her own explorations of queerness, ritual, kink and sexuality.
From 2013-15 she studied a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia, and has since studied with various master painters to keep growing her skills. In 2017 she underwent a mischtechnik and oil painting intensive with Aloria Weaver and David Heskin, and two years later traveled to New York to study with Alex and Allyson Grey at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in upstate NY.
Through her studies and personal pursuits Zoë has explored a variety of different creative mediums, including creative writing, photography, life drawing, and ceramics. She has also had over 10 years of extensive experience as a model for other artists and photographers which has had a great impact on her art. In 2016 she had her first experience being tied by a rope bondage artist which changed her life and has been one of the main themes of her paintings since.
Zoë has exhibited in the USA and in galleries around Australia. She is now living and painting in Wurundjeri country, in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Australia.