Born on Long Island of Russian parents,
Raphael Boguslav grew up in New York City. He attended the Art
Students League from the age of nine, and later The High School
of Music & Art and
graduated from Cooper Union. His classmate Milton Glaser
got him his first job in design and later joined the small studio
as art director; an apprenticeship he credits as profoundly influential.
For nearly a decade,
he worked for Lippincott & Margulies designing logos & packages
for companies like New York Life, PPG & Chrysler. At the same
time, he was an occasional folk singer, made two solo albums, and
accompanied Harry Belafonte.
He started a studio with his then wife and partner but
his interest turned to painting. With
the encouragement of his friend, John Benson, he moved to Newport,
RI and eventually resumed his career in lettering, calligraphy
and graphic design. In addition to designing myriad logos, hand
lettering pieces and other miscellany, Raphael also designed a
font "Avia" for Font Bureau. Originally drawn for a custom
client, it was a prize winner in an international typeface competition.
at Cooper Union and RISD as well as many workshops nationally.
Eventually he worked entirely on the Mac. With characteristic
ardor, he continued to pursue a lifelong interest in classical
piano. Additional passions included people (he was a brilliant conversationalist
and raconteur) tennis, and radio controlled model airplanes. He
died from complications from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle
accident, one week before his 81st birthday.
a video narrated by Raphael Boguslav produced
by Profile in the 1980s as part of a series for national television,
and added to YouTube in early 2010.