Consult + Curate + Create
Founder, Rachel Melvald studied Fine Arts and Psychology at the University of Michigan and trained at both the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the UCLA School of Interior Architecture. With over 15 years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist in both the private and public sector, Rachel launched RAY in 2014 to guide clients beyond mind and body well-being into sound investments through the cultivation of space.
One of her latest projects included working with a client to build and manage a thirty-million dollar Old Masters and Modern Impressionist art collection. Rachel was also the project manager, designer, and curator on the project to house the collection in a home in Malibu. As the ground-up interior architect, Rachel was able to work with various environmental challenges to protect the art while designing space and interiors to showcase the work in its most optimal light (well minimizing light!).
Her experience in 16th through 21st century art acquisition has led her to develop relationships with auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s, both regionally and internationally. Rachel stays on the pulse of the contemporary art world, forging relationships with art galleries internationally and has further expanded her art advisory role to work with collectors interested in sought-after and emerging and international artists. She has recently curated the show "A Future Moves Slow" exhibiting founders of the Cuban Abstract movement and emerging contemporary artists with renown designer Thomas Schoos. She is currently working with the Fowler museum and a local gallery in support of its upcoming exhbition "Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths".
Rachel stays on the pulse of the contemporary art world, forging relationships with sought-after and emerging artists and art galleries. Her experience in 16th through 21st century art acquisition has led her to develop relationships with auction houses, such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s, both regionally and internationally. Rachel is also a member of the Fowler Museum Contemporary Council, focusing on Latin and African art local to Los Angeles and around the world.
Rachel Melvald has played an active part in the Los Angeles community through supporting non-profits such as Inner City Arts and Kidsave with their annual gala art auction. As a documentary filmmaker, Rachel is working on a documentary on Cuban and American artists.