A student has won £1,000 after his art was chosen from a host of entries to be displayed on the walls of Warwick Business School.
Raf Reyes, a BSc International Management student who has now graduated, won the ‘Change Our Space’ competition for his work that features faces of famous business leaders, musicians, politicians and human rights campaigners who have had a positive impact on the world.
The artwork was unveiled by WBS Dean and Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Andy Lockett, who also handed over the winner's cheque.
Raf, who has since enrolled at the Royal College of Art to study MA Contemporary Art Practice, said: “Displaying my artwork in the school’s premises is my biggest achievement as an emerging artist from WBS.
“Inspired by the school’s CORE values of curiosity, openness, restlessness and excellence, the work displays figureheads who are change makers in the literal sense of the term, ie one who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.
“Central to the art piece is the bold, capitalized 'changemaker' typographic imprint, referring to the WBS Change Maker ideology - as well as inspirational quotes, words, and slogans at the top and bottom of the artwork, with 'you can do it too' reminding the viewer that they can come up with greater goals and devise better roadmaps ahead.”
The competition was open to students across the University of Warwick and after his entry was chosen, Raf worked with the WBS design team to bring his creation to life.
Professor Lockett said: “It is fantastic to see this piece of art transformed from the sketch we saw to the huge work we now have hanging over our north entrance.
“It is a great addition to the WBS building and really encapsulates our values and the change maker ideology. I would like to thank Raf for his efforts and wish him well in his burgeoning artistic career.
“His artwork will certainly be an inspiration for all the staff and students that will walk under it for many years to come.”
To see more of Raf's art click here to visit his website.