Visual Art – Las Vegas, NV

Dray is an internationally recognized painter best known for his large scale murals, musical themed abstract canvases and colorful portraits of beautiful women. His work has been exhibited at the Majorie Barrick Museum at UNLV and is in the permanent collection of the Hispanic Museum of Nevada and the Erotic Heritage Museum in Nevada. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA in 1966. At age seven, Dray enrolls in the Barnsdall Park Art School in Los Feliz, California. Later he would focus his talents on studying drafting and architecture but he is primarily a self-taught painter. His work is influenced by Beckmann, Basquiat and Picasso. Dray is also inspired by his continuing strong connection to both cubism and graffiti art. These influences segued the transition that brought him out of portraiture painting and into a more investigative field of expression. Dray began to focus even more on just visual arts when he moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas at the turn of the century. This move marked his decision to devote all of his time to developing his artistic vision as a painter. While living in Las Vegas he has been one of the key players in creating an art scene there. His approach as an artist is fused with an abiding interest in community and inspiring the youth. Dray also worked as an art educator at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. ...more