Keiyo

The Joy of Giving

Japanese 恵 与, Keiyo

"The Keiyo Art Gallery features the work of international photographers and exhibits globally. We feel photography can build bridges between cultures and people and can transform the world. Our commitment to change means we share half the proceeds from every art sale with environmental and social organizations."

Our Shows

Click on the photographs below to learn more about our gallery and shows. We feature oversized photographs on tall custom-designed display cubes, allowing the viewer to uniquely interact with each image.

 

The Journey

Follow our journey by clicking on a location on the map below.
Each point tells of one moment that makes up the Keiyo story.

Our Story

In 2015, our founder Raphael Rapior displayed his photography series “In Shiva’s Shadows” for the first time in NYC at the Infinito Studio Gallery in Manhattan. He was standing with a potential buyer discussing his work and was again confronted with a concern that had been challenging him since his first show in 2013. As an artist, he shares his profit with the gallery, and the collector enjoys the piece. But what about the muse, the people and places depicted in the photograph?

Seeking inspiration and opinions about this question, he took his work from the gallery space to the streets. He installed his 10-foot canvases at Union Square and in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, guerrilla-style. He engaged with hundreds of people over the course of two days - not the usual gallery clientele - and discussed the idea of giving back. The amazing energy and joyful responses inspired Raphael to go further. Why limit this idea of giving back to his own work?

Keiyo is a collaboration of artists covering several genres of photography. Our work lets the viewer discover and engage with our planet, wildlife, cultures, cities, and people through our unique street shows. These shows help to spread our message: that photography can build bridges between cultures and people, and can change the world.

To give creates joy. By purchasing a photograph from Keiyo, collectors enjoy a stunning piece of art while supporting organizations dedicated to social change or environmental justice, creating the change we all want to see in the world. Half of the cost of each photograph is donated to the organization chosen specifically by Keiyo and the artist.

We invest our profits directly back into Keiyo, which helps us put on more street shows, supports the photographers who share their work with us, and spreads our vision even further.


Still buzzing from the response from his NYC shows, Raphael went to Switzerland where he and his oldest friends began to create the first prototype of a mobile display system. At the same time, our name, “Keiyo”, was discovered after a brainstorming session by students in Tokyo. Word spread, and support came from people, organizations, and companies around the world, which pushed our momentum forward.

Milestones on our journey include the support of Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus, welcoming National Geographic Travel Award 2015 winner Anuar Patjane Floriuk on board, and scanning the negatives of Cuban photographer Eduardo Herrera during the recent political changes in Cuba.

We sold our first photograph, “Whale Whisperers”, at an art auction in Switzerland. The sale gave us the opportunity to support global ocean protection charity Oceana with a donation of CHF 2350 . This was the moment that proved to us that Keiyo had a chance in the world, and we will never forget the sense of achievement and joy this brought to us.

Eighteen months after the New York street show, and after 50 flights around the globe, several international photographers who believe in our concept met for the first time in person during Art Basel Miami. We displayed a selection of our work on the prototype gallery system, which gained a lot of attention and positive feedback. We took a road trip from Miami to NYC, the place of Keiyo’s birth, ending with an amazing show in the fountain at Washington Square Park.

The momentum is continuing. Our gallery will show in cities around the world in 2017. We are welcoming exciting new photographers and renowned veterans to Keiyo. And filmmaker Milo Zanecchia is creating a documentary about our story and vision to share with the world and welcome others to join our movement.

Thanks for visiting our website. Be sure to browse our online shop, view our remarkable photographs, and learn about how the sale of each photograph will create change through donations to the social and environmental organizations we support. If Keiyo resonates with you, get in touch to see how you can join our movement. Spread the word and help us continue our mission of the joy of giving.


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The Keiyo Art Gallery

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The Cubes

Our bespoke, six- to ten-foot tall display cubes create a grand, inviting gallery space. Yet the cubes can be folded to fit into two suitcases, resulting in a mobile gallery that can be exhibited anywhere in the world.

This magnificent setting challenges viewers to experience and connect with the true essence of photography, taking them beyond the ‘like’ button to confront images in their rawest form. After dark, custom lighting transforms the cubes, awakening new aspects of each photograph. The cubes give viewers a fresh perspective on photography.
 

Team

Keiyo is a collective; we depend on each other to ensure the "Keiyo Philosophy" remains central to our work. Everyone who works with us shares this spirit and believes that the POWER OF GIVING can change things.

Eduardo Herrera

Cuban Documentary Photographer

"Keiyo gives me the opportunity to share the reality of life in Cuba with the outside world. Being a photographer in Cuba is challenging. I have been capturing everyday life here since 1994 to provide future generations with reminders of our past."

Anuar Patjane Floriuk

Nature & Underwater Photographer

"When Raphael explained the Keiyo project to me, I immediately connected with the core idea and heart of it. What it proposes, creating awareness for the viewer and supporting effective conversation projects and collective effort, is a beautiful and powerful idea that I know will have a positive effect. There is no better use for photography than this and there is nothing more fulfilling than knowing that what you do, your work, supports conservation efforts."

Dominik Sieber

Fundraising & Back Office Operations

"I dedicate my time and energy to Keiyo because it is important for me to create a life worth living for humans and animals and to protect our environment. Engaging in dialogue through the concept of a social, public gallery can inspire change in artists, viewers, and collectors. I see this as a first step in expanding art beyond its current boundaries and borders."

Laurent Baheux

Wildlife Photographer

I feel less danger photographing wild animals than living with civilized people.

Raphael Rapior

Founder & Portrait Photographer

"I want to inspire others to think beyond what is already known. One thought has the potential to change the world, but it is love and passion, persistence, and the ability to adapt to change that enables one to create something bigger than himself. My vision for Keiyo is an extension of my personal dreams and values, which I believe touches most of us: To make others happy by doing the unexpected, to give - without expectation of a return."

Erwin John & Stevenson Dunn

The Bishop Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC

“We believe that our relationship with the Keiyo Gallery is unique, because we are two international galleries partnering for a cause bigger than profit. It's this common commitment to making art accessible and leveraging the arts to positively impact society that has brought us together.” 

Dave Sandford

Nature Photographer

"I want to inspire people through my photographs I've created in the wild to feel something, to believe in something, to take action. Ultimately giving back to the environment so future generations are afforded the same opportunities in this wonderfully beautiful world I've been blessed with."

Simon "Hitzi" Hitzinger

Supporter

"I believe in Keiyo because it has this contagious spirit. People from all over the world are working together for something good, in a way that makes you feel you are part of a big family"

Kristin Pedroja

Copywriter and Editor

"It is rare to meet a talented artist who is driven not just by his creativity but also by benevolence. Raphael’s ambitions as an artist, curator, gallery owner, and philanthropist are inspiring. His unique perspective on how art should be accessible and accountable could change how we view and buy art in the future."

 

Cody Opdahl

Technical Engineer "The Cubist"

"Keiyo is one of a kind. On top of being an exciting development that gives artists a unique and engaging way to exhibit their work, it provides a clear social benefit that extends far beyond the artists’ geographic boundaries. I could not be more happy to support Keiyo as it continues to grow and give."

Milo Zanecchia

Videographer

"Being a part of Keiyo gives me the opportunity to follow my passion of producing art while also supporting the environment and less fortunate people through Keiyo's partner NGO's."

Rainer Waelder

Globetrotter & Assignment Photographer

"In my opinion, you have to be the change you want to see to make a difference."

Eduardo Herrera

Cuban Documentary Photographer

"Keiyo gives me the opportunity to share the reality of life in Cuba with the outside world. Being a photographer in Cuba is challenging. I have been capturing everyday life here since 1994 to provide future generations with reminders of our past."

Anuar Patjane Floriuk

Nature & Underwater Photographer

"When Raphael explained the Keiyo project to me, I immediately connected with the core idea and heart of it. What it proposes, creating awareness for the viewer and supporting effective conversation projects and collective effort, is a beautiful and powerful idea that I know will have a positive effect. There is no better use for photography than this and there is nothing more fulfilling than knowing that what you do, your work, supports conservation efforts."

Dominik Sieber

Fundraising & Back Office Operations

"I dedicate my time and energy to Keiyo because it is important for me to create a life worth living for humans and animals and to protect our environment. Engaging in dialogue through the concept of a social, public gallery can inspire change in artists, viewers, and collectors. I see this as a first step in expanding art beyond its current boundaries and borders."

Laurent Baheux

Wildlife Photographer

I feel less danger photographing wild animals than living with civilized people.

Raphael Rapior

Founder & Portrait Photographer

"I want to inspire others to think beyond what is already known. One thought has the potential to change the world, but it is love and passion, persistence, and the ability to adapt to change that enables one to create something bigger than himself. My vision for Keiyo is an extension of my personal dreams and values, which I believe touches most of us: To make others happy by doing the unexpected, to give - without expectation of a return."

Erwin John & Stevenson Dunn

The Bishop Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC

“We believe that our relationship with the Keiyo Gallery is unique, because we are two international galleries partnering for a cause bigger than profit. It's this common commitment to making art accessible and leveraging the arts to positively impact society that has brought us together.” 

Dave Sandford

Nature Photographer

"I want to inspire people through my photographs I've created in the wild to feel something, to believe in something, to take action. Ultimately giving back to the environment so future generations are afforded the same opportunities in this wonderfully beautiful world I've been blessed with."

Simon "Hitzi" Hitzinger

Supporter

"I believe in Keiyo because it has this contagious spirit. People from all over the world are working together for something good, in a way that makes you feel you are part of a big family"

Kristin Pedroja

Copywriter and Editor

"It is rare to meet a talented artist who is driven not just by his creativity but also by benevolence. Raphael’s ambitions as an artist, curator, gallery owner, and philanthropist are inspiring. His unique perspective on how art should be accessible and accountable could change how we view and buy art in the future."

 

Cody Opdahl

Technical Engineer "The Cubist"

"Keiyo is one of a kind. On top of being an exciting development that gives artists a unique and engaging way to exhibit their work, it provides a clear social benefit that extends far beyond the artists’ geographic boundaries. I could not be more happy to support Keiyo as it continues to grow and give."

Milo Zanecchia

Videographer

"Being a part of Keiyo gives me the opportunity to follow my passion of producing art while also supporting the environment and less fortunate people through Keiyo's partner NGO's."

Rainer Waelder

Globetrotter & Assignment Photographer

"In my opinion, you have to be the change you want to see to make a difference."

Partners

We are grateful to our partners and their generosity; Keiyo wouldn’t exist without them. Our supporters include companies large and small and many individuals who have believed in us since this was merely an idea. If the Keiyo mission and philosophy resonates with you, please get in touch and become a part of our story!

 

Contact Us

If you have questions about Keiyo, the photographs we represent, our donations,
or if you’re interested in working with us, please get in touch.

info@keiyoartgallery.com