Raymond Legaspi was born in Silay City, in the island of Negros in 1964. As a young boy drawing was his solution to boredom. Drawing pencil on paper, to notebooks to school book pages. His exposure to creativity started with his mothers baking and decorating birthday and wedding cakes.
To be a book illustrator was what he really wanted to be. But there were no courses offered then and the closest was Advertising Arts at the College of Fine Arts in University of Santo Tomas. While in 3rd year at UST he was offered an illustrator position at the Philippine Children’s Television show Batibot. The Philippine version of Sesame Street. There he painted 4 x 8 feet backdrops for television almost everyday. Television work during the day and school at nights.
After UST in 1987, Raymond wanted to be a graphic designer and applied as a trainee in a graphic design studio in the United States. After 2 years, he came back to the country realizing what he learned was not applicable. Advertising was his only option to do creative visualart. For almost 20 years he has applied his creativity as an advertising art director for television, newspaper, graphic design and to digital and from J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy and Mather, Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide. He had multiple creative awards including a Clio. He retired in 2006 and moved back to Negros.
Currently he is a full time painter and has had 19 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows with Bacolod artists. He also does welding, woodworking, epoxy sculpting and charcuterie.
He likes to tell a simple story in his paintings and a viewers personal interaction with the painting is his desire.