- Keith Raywood
Raywood was born in
New York City, New York, and lived between there and Miami Beach, Florida, throughout his childhood. As a teenager he attended The Dwight Schooland studied painting at The Art Students League of New Yorkunder Issac Soyer. In 1975, while enrolled at Cornell Universityfor painting he switched to architecture at the end of his freshman year, and then left for Londonto study at The Architectural Association School of Architecture. While there, he joined the unit that was tutored by Bernard Tschumiand Nigel Coates. In the Spring of 1978 he traveled to the Soviet Unionwith Rem Koolhaus, along with other Koolhaus students and colleagues, including Zaha Hadid. Raywood credits his time at "The AA" as most inspiring and influential, and it would later greatly inform his work and "architectural" style as a production designer. On returning to New York in 1982, he would meet and become the assistant to Eugene Lee on the film "Easy Money", and in 1985, co-design with Lee the original production of " The Normal Heart" at The Public Theaterin New York City. Raywood has remained close with his mentor Lee, and to this day they share a Production Design credit at Saturday Night Live.
Raywood became the
art directorof " Saturday Night Live" ( NBC) in 1985, and has been its production designer since 1988. He has also designed music specials and series for Viacom's MTV, VH1, and BETnetworks including The " MTV Video Music Awards", The " Hip Hop Honors", "The Vogue/VH1 Fashion Awards", "Hard Rock Live", "106 and Park", " MTV Unplugged" (2007), " Divas Live", and The Eagles' " Hell Freezes Over", VH1 Rock Honors: The Who, as well as all of the combined upfronts for MTV Networks. His other television credits include " 30 Rock" (NBC), " Russell SimmonsPresents Def Poetry" (HBO), Russell Simmons' " Def Comedy Jam" (HBO), " Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (NBC), and " The Concert For New York City" (VH1/CBS) broadcast live from Madison Square Gardenone month following the September 11, 2001 attackson the World Trade Center. He has designed music videos and performances for recording artists such as Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beck, Iggy Pop, Madonna, Fiona Apple, Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Whitney Houston, Salt-N-Pepa, Death in Vegas, Bon Jovi, and Macy Gray, as well as commercials for Nikon, AT&T, Apple, Revlon, Elizabeth Arden, Gap, GE, Visa, Dove, and Nike, while working with the directors Michael Haussman, Mark Romanek, Mark Seliger, and Terry Richardson, among others.
In 2007 Raywood turned his attentions to creating architectural designs for
Video Artinstallations by artist/director/photographer Michael Somoroff. Their first collaboration "Illumination" opened at the BravinLee gallery June 21, 2007, in New York City. In 2008, they have more projects planned.
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