Ray Vargas was born in Los Angeles and earned his BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design in 2002.

A storyteller at heart, his work is characterized by a subtle injection of black humor, often used to rupture an otherwise mundane setting. 

With the canvas as his frame, he composes scenes from daily life with a surrealist slant, and it is through this playful subversion of archetypes that a conflation of disparate and innocuous images result in artwork that is insightful, witty, and arresting.

Among his primary influences are the comic books of Mike Mignola and Frank Miller, the films of Ridley Scott and Robert Zemeckis, and the illustrations of Norman Rockwell and Frank Frazetta.

He currently lives and works in his hometown of Boyle Heights.




Laguna College of Art and Design

BFA in Illustration, 2002



"Featured Artist" - Zephyr Cafe, 2013

"Featured Artist" - Holy Grounds Cafe, 2013

"NELA Artwalk Artist of the Month" - Mi Vida Boutique, 2013

"Featured Artist" - Guisados Tacos Echo Park, 2013

"Featured Artist" - Guisados Tacos Boyle Heights, 2012

"First District Artist Showcase" - Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 2011

"Featured Artist" - Juice N' Java Cafe, 2009



"Erotica" - Artificium Art Gallery, 2013

"Still Life Stout Release Party & Art Show" - Beachwood Bbq & Brewing, 2013

"Star Girls Burlesque Show" - Dragonfly Hollywood, 2013

"Viva La Graza" - Guilty Studios, 2013

"A Star Wars Themed Art Show" - Guilty Studios, 2013

"The American Inquisition" - Rothick Art Haus, 2012

"Bringing Out The Dead" - GCS Art Gallery, 2012

"Dead End at the 710" - Zephyr Cafe, 2012

"Art Conex" - Echoes Under Sunset, 2012

"Art Driven" - Sullen Clothing Inc. Headquarters, 2012

"Chalk It Up" - Rothick Art Haus, 2012

"I Scream" - Solidarity Ink, 2012

"Muertomania II" - Solidarity Ink, 2012

"East LA Arts Fest" - East LA Civic Center, 2012

"La Luz De Mi Corazon" - Corey Miller's Timeless Art Gallery, 2011

"Dia De Los Muertos Art Show" - Primera Taza Gallery, 2011

"Muertomania I" - Solidarity Ink, 2011

"Taste of East LA" - East LA Civic Center, 2010

"East LA Arts Fest" - East LA Civic Center, 2010

"Whole Lotta Rosas" - The Camp Costa Mesa, 2009



"Guisados Tacos Mural" [In Progress] (9ft x 75ft) Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA - Guisados Tacos

"Sing Your Song" 2012 (9ft x 15ft) Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Job Corps

"Dream It. Own It. Build It." 2010 (10ft x 10ft) Downtown, Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Job Corps

"Various Vignettes" 2009 (Various Sizes) Mid City, Los Angeles, CA - Amazing Grace Conservatory

"Angel of Echo Park" 2008 (12ft x 20ft) Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA - Two Boots Pizza, with Nicholina Johnson

"Welcome To Our Treehouse" 2008 (9ft x 17ft) Willow Glen, San Jose, CA - Treehouse in the Glen



Los Angeles Job Corps, Art Teacher, 2010 - Present

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Multiple Subjects, 2009 - Present

International Polytechnic High School, Artist Mentor, 2010-2012



Amazing Grace Conservatory

Boyle Heights Community Council

Decomp Clothing

First District Supervisor's Office of Los Angeles

Guisados Tacos

Lockheart Bags

Lyric Culture Apparel

Paint The Town NY

Treehouse in the Glen

Two Boots Pizza