Upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Omar Rayyan settled on the island of Martha's Vineyard with his wife Sheila (her work can be found at www.motherspoon.com). The bucolic surroundings compliment and help inspire his "old world" aesthetic toward painting. Although looking to the past for inspiration and guidance from the great oil painters of the Northern Renaissance and the Romantic and Symbolist painters of the 19th century, he has picked watercolor as his medium of choice.
Having created illustrations for many publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Random House and Hyperion/Disney, Omar's primary market is geared towards children's and young adult's magazine and books, doing cover and interior illustrations. He has also illustrated several children's picture books.
Other genres he has worked in include the gaming market, most notably for Magic: The Gathering, where he has done card art and concept work. Omar was also among the talented artists who contributed concept art and created the look for the motion picture "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."
In addition to his commercial work, Omar's most favorite body of work is not created for publishers, but just for show. Paintings of whim and fantasy made to indulge his own personal tastes and humors and to hopefully entertain and please the viewing public.
2012 Illuxcon's Illie Award
2011 ASFA's Chesley Award- color unpublished
2010 NESFA's Skylark Award
Spectrum 17 Gold Award- book
Spectrum 15 Gold Award- unpublished
2007 ASFA's Chesley Award- Interior Illustration
2005 ASFA's Chesley Award- Artistic Achievement
Spectrum 10 Gold Award- editorial
Spectrum 7 Silver Award- unpublished