Artist-in-Residence Raphael Silver grew up
in Sumas Nation and has been a life-long Abbotsford resident ever since. When he was a boy, his father, Ray Silver,
taught him how to carve, which he has been doing for the past twenty
years. Not only does he carve wood, but
he is an artist who works in a variety of mediums- metal, glass, acrylic on
canvas, and tattoos. When working as the
General Manager for the Kilgard brick factory, he learned to carve bricks.
His work can be seen around the Fraser Valley, notably at The Kariton Art Gallery, several schools such as Yarrow and Bakerview Elementary Schools, Abby Middle, and Yale Secondary, as well as the McCallum Roundabout and the three house posts at Fraser Heritage Park in Mission. Following in the footsteps of his father, who taught him to carve, Raphael Silver has taught art classes at most schools in the Abbotsford district, and also takes on apprentices to teach them the craft of First Nations art. He also volunteers as a boxing coach for First Nations youth.