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.

He currently lives in Santa Ana, and paints from Las Jaras Studio, a collective located in the historic Santora Arts building.

 

 

EDUCATION

Laguna College of Art + Design

MFA, Painting, In Progress

BFA, Illustration, 2002

 

FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBITIONS

"Santora ARts Fall Pop Up Show" Group Show - Basement Projects, August 2017

“Art of Resistance” Group Show – Avenue 50 Studio, May 2017

“Featured Artist” Solo Exhibition – Guisados Boyle Heights,  February 2017

“Featured Artist” East L.A. Arts Fest – East Los Angeles Civic Center, June 2016

“From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson” Group Show – Self Help Graphics, May 2016

“Jardin Del Arte” Art Fair & Exhibition – Grand Park L.A., May 2016

 Group Exhibition – Primera Taza ,  May 2016

 “Featured Artist Winner” La Bulla Live Art Series – Norwood Bar, April 2016

 Exhibiting Artist, Day of the Dead Fest – Rose Hills Memorial Park, November 2015

 Live Painting Artist, El Jimador event – La Cuevita, October 2015

 “Latino Heritage 2015” Group Show – Chimaya Art Gallery, October 2015

 Group Exhibition – Univision Corporate Offices, August 2015

 “Featured Artist” Solo Exhibition – Guisados West Hollywood, August 2015

 “Barrio Boogie: Rumba Caliente” Group Show – Espacio 1839, August 2015

 “New Moon” Group Show – The Yurt, July 2015

 Youth Stencil Workshop, Instructor – Boyle Heights Tech Youth Center, June 2015

 Muralist & Sign Artist – Vaka Burgers Los Angeles, June 2015

 Exhibiting Artist & Live Painting – Ink n Iron Fest, June 2015

 “Infinite Tide” Group Show – Queen Mary, June 2015

 

PUBLIC ART

“People, Pride, & Progress” Mural – Guisados Burbank, October 2016

"Lines & Times" Mural - Guisados Echo Park, 2013

"Sing Your Song" Mural - Los Angeles Job Corps, 2013

"Dream It. Own It. Build It." Mural - Los Angeles Job Corps, 2010

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

"Angel of Echo Park" (inside Two Boots Pizza, with Nicholina Johnson) - Echo Park, 2008 

"Welcome To Our Treehouse" Mural - San Jose 2008

 

TEACHING AND RELATED EXPERIENCE

Silkscreen/Stencil Workshop, co-directed – Self Help Graphics, January 2017

Art Instructor & Consultant, TEAL Project – LACMA,  2014-2016

Mural Instructor & Consultant, Escuelita Aztlan – Various Locations, 2014-current

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