“I was born in Malta in 1939. I am entirely self-taught, though I like to acknowledge the importance of two people: Bill Bland, my art teacher at school, who let me do as I wanted, and much later in my life, the artist Geoff Almond, who helped me to find another way.
I began drawing 'seriously' as a fifteen-sixteen-year-old, mostly portraits in pen or pencil, and continued to draw, and occasionally paint, off and on for more than thirty years, exhibiting once at the Royal Academy in 1967.
I left full-time employment in 1989 intending to write and paint, but shortly after, following a brief period abroad, decided to devote myself entirely to art. Since then I have worked continuously, producing a large body of abstract paintings and drawings, mostly acrylic on paper, or sometimes canvas or board, and charcoal or graphite. I continue to experiment with other media.
Since 1990 I have exhibited regularly at various venues, mostly in London, including the major London art fairs.”
Ray has work in many public collections including Grosvenor House Hotel, Ferens Gallery, Hull, Reuter's, Kildare House, London, South Bank Employers' Group, Strings Hotel, Tokyo, Japan, The University of Exeter, Devon.
Ray also has work in private collections in the UK, Australia, the Bahamas, France, Germany, Greece, and the U.S.A.
Ray's work has been exhibited in Berlin, New York, London and Glasgow. He currently lives and works in Berlin.