Raphael Schnepf has been on the Art scene since he graduated from New York's High School of Industrial Art in 1954. After a brief tour with the Navy as a photographer, he went on to graduate from Cooper Union Art school in New York and completed his B.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1965, he became active in the emerging San Francisco counter-culture, creating psychedelic art, graphics, music posters and illustrations. After seeing his poster for the 1967 Summer of Love, Chet Helms of the Family Dog commissioned the first of seven posters Raphael was to create in '67 and '68. This led to commissions for a comic book for the band Canned Heat, record jackets, more posters and illustrations.
During the 70's, Raphael continued to explore new mediums. Rediscovering the airbrush, he developed a photo-real style, creating images for book and record jackets, murals, packaging, and posters. In the mid 70's, Raphael joined with Savoy Studio as a designer and glass painter on many revolutionary glass projects. In 1986, he moved with Savoy to Portland, Oregon to continue the collaboration as well as his own design and illustration career. He has worked for clients like Intel, Techtronix, Nike, Precision Castparts and Grateful Dead, always seeking out poster commissions as well. In the 90's, ThrustMaster commissioned a large series of product illustrations, logos, advertisements and packaging art. During this time, he continued to work with Savoy on major glass projects for architectural installations across the nation.
Raphael's work has been in many publications such as "A Concise History of Posters", "Eureka" and "The Art of Rock." His glass work has been featured in Glass Art and other magazines. His work is included in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It has also been in shows in the Modern Art Museums of San Francisco and San Diego. There is a show of 60s posters including some of his at the Denver Art Museum running this spring and summer. A Schnepf poster was recently chosen to represent the 60's art poster era at the reopening of the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. His work has been in many art exhibitions from the early 60's to the present.