Ray Muniak  North Royalton Ohio  Married to Barbara, father of Steven Muniak (Laurie), Monica Bibyk (Roman), Susan Kruze (Karl),and Jennifer Dumm (Tony). Grandfather of Weston Muniak (Lauren), Emma Muniak, Hannah Grace Muniak, Megan Kruze, Adam Kruze, Noelle Bibyk, Issaac Bibyk, Rutger Dumm, John Owen Dumm, and Wade Dumm. 

     Ray has been working with wood for over 55 years. Initially inspired by his dad who built cabinets at home the wonderful aroma of fresh cut pine. At West Tech in Cleveland Ray studied to be a wood patternmaker.  He served a 5 year apprenticeship at Cleveland Standard Pattern and learned a great deal about building things out of wood. He also got a journeyman’s card in Cabinetmaking at Nagele Mfg. also in Cleveland.

    In 1981 Ray started making a unique form of art “Muniart” he calls it. These are pictures made from carved natural pieces of wood. In 1988 he lost his job and decided to do “Muniart” full time. Initially he shown his work at a Kiosk at Cleveland Hopkins airport than when he moved to Hinckley he opened his own gallery. He lived there for 15 years creating and selling his art by having open houses and doing local art fairs such as The Yankee Peddler Festival where in 2001 he was named Ohio Artist Craftsman of the Year.

    In 1999 a local gallery owner approached him to do some abstract sculpture. Ray jumped at the Idea and within 5 years he had a major exhibition at the Canton Art Museum. In 2005 he started making decorative bowls and turnings. During his career as an artist Ray has shown his work at numerous prestigious galleries, museums, and public areas of display around the world. He has sold art on every continent and his work is on display at many public buildings across the area.

                                                                      Artist Statement

    For as long as I can remember wood has been a large part of my life. Inspired by the beauty of the wood it compels me to create objects of beauty. Each piece of wood has within itself a hidden form that I am at first unaware of. As I work the piece and remove the decay, it speaks to me, guiding me in different directions. Doubts form in my mind but eventually the story of the piece appears. The next stage is to connect all the holes, valleys, and edges with flowing lines all the while stretching the edge of the woods capabilities. At this point the piece has told me its story and now I augment it with texture or a sphere. They represent a life-force, a spirituality, or mankind itself. The object is then meticulously sanded and hand rubbed with oils. Presentation, almost as important as the piece itself, allows me to add to the story.

    The focus of my art is to create work that is both calming and mentally stimulating. 

 

 

 

 



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