As a painter, Ray Vargas chooses to tell stories about his life and community through compositions that blend symbolism and hyper-realism with a surreal sense of color and place.

As a native Angeleno, he is informed by his home of Boyle Heights and a love of the varied strands of human experience; authenticity and a strong narrative voice serve as the backbone of his work.

Through his training in classical painting at the Laguna College of Art + Design (BFA, 2002), Vargas allows his subjects to speak truths through expression and stance, in what becomes an homage to the spirit of everyday life and the wit and wisdom to be found there.

Ray currently creates from his studio in Santa Ana and works with the Laguna College of Art + Design as an admissions counselor.