Gavin Rain, was born in 1971in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a contemporary painter known for his use of Pointillist techniques to depict portraits of celebrities such as Beyoncé and Marilyn Monroe. “Each dot usually comprises five or so colors. When seen from a distance these colors become one and the image resolves,” he has explained of his technique. Rain studied art at the University of Cape Town. He arrived at his hallmark style around 2004, which he developed out of an interest in Georges Seurat and 20th-century Russian avant-garde painters. In 2011, Gavin Rain participated in the 54thVenice Biennale with a painting shown in Costa Rica’s pavilion. The artist currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.