Ravi Zupa is a 34 year-old high school dropout from a Colorado family of artists – "I grew up well below the poverty line but because I lived in one of the wealthiest counties in the country, I enjoyed a great deal of safety and freedom." However, he enjoyed no formal artistic tuition. In the past he has worked full-time as an animator in San Francisco and as a grade school art teacher.
Zupa is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture and with works on paper. He employs recycled materials such as "blueprints, envelopes and old letters salvaged from dumpsters" to work on using "graphite, coloured pencil, India ink, latex and acrylic paint, oil paint and pastel, chalk pastel, relief, block print cut from traffic cones, silk screen and collage – whatever is required." And in this way the process reflects the message – be aware of needs, and the rewards will be apparent. It's sex, samurais, exotic goddesses, rappers, guns and money. Zupa uses passionate visual vocabulary to preach messages of compassion which explore the denial of human emotional needs.