Ralph Lazar is a California-based South African artist.
His art focuses on the opposition between the simple beauty of day-to-day existence and the ominous underbelly of society: whether it be apartheid’s shadow over the beautiful South Africa he grew up in, or the Trumpian pall cast over the American melting-pot.
Through his multilayered artworks he aims to record, dissect, and interpret the human condition with pathos and humour.
Born in Johannesburg, Ralph Lazar studied law & economics at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics.
After graduation he joined the Global Strategy team at Goldman Sachs in London. He later joined CSFB’s proprietary bond-trading team. With a focus on monetary and exchange rate policy, he visited 36 countries in these roles.
After 6 years in financial markets, along with his artist wife-to-be Lisa Swerling, he moved to Ile au Cerf in the Seychelles (population of 52) where they started their illustration licensing business Last Lemon.
Through Last Lemon they have sold more than a million books in over 20 languages and have garnered a plethora of prizes and accolades, including a New York Times Bestseller.
He now lives just above San Francisco in Marin County (California) with Lisa and his children. He has also lived in Nice, Buenos Aires, Paris, Moscow and Oxford.