1335 Gusdord Rd. Suite i
Taos, NM  87571
[ 575 ]  751 - 1262  -  email: art@203fineart.com

 Robert Ray (1924-2002)  

By the time Robert Ray decided to leave his native Denver and move to Taos, in 1954, he had served in the navy in the South Pacific during World War II, earned art degrees in California and Mexico, and lived in Europe for a year.  His decision to move came after being invited by Eulalia Emetaz to exhibit at La Baleria Escondida, which at the time was the place to exhibit as a modern artist.  In Taos, Earl Stroh introduced him to Helene Wurlitzer, who, to encourage him to remain, provided him with a studio-residence.  He thus became one of the first beneficiaries of Mrs. Wurlitzer's generosity.  When she commissioned several Taos artists to paint portraits of her for family members, she included Ray.  He showed his work in regional and national exhibitions and sold some, but during the quiet winters of the 1950's when Taos nearly shut down economically, he was force to return to Denver for a few months of employment.  

The most frequent subjects of his early Taos oil paintings and woodcut prints were still lifes and semi-abstract landscapes.  He was fascinated by the light of the Taos Valley, not just the light itself, but the way in which the quality of light defines the place.

In his work, intense concentrations of light contrast abruptly with darkness and fragmented forms, was his signature style.  He worked closely with the then Harwood Foundation and upon his death in 2002 left his home in Taos, to what now is The Harwood Museum of Art.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, BFA, cum laude, 1950
Centro de Estudios Universitarios, Mexico City, MA, magna cum laude, 1952

Denver Art Museum: Included in 16 exhibitions since 1953.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: Included in 10 exhibitions since 1955. One-man show, 1968. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe: Included in 24 exhibitions since 1956. One-man shows: 1959, 1967.
Roswell Museum and Art Center 1959, 1962. Three-man show 1964.
Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri: Mid-America Annuals: 1957, 1958, 1959. University of Illinois, Urbana: Contemporary American Paintings and Sculpture: 1957, 1959.
The American Federation of Arts, N.Y.C.: New Talent, U.S.A., 1956.
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.: 13th National Exhibition of Prints, 1955.
Chrysler Art Museum, Provincetown, Ma.: 1st Provincetown Arts Festival, 1958.
(Paintings purchased by Mr. Walter P Chrysler, Jr.).
San Diego Museum of Fine Arts, California: Taos Now, 1960.
Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California: Art and The Atom, 1965.
25 one-man shows from Mexico City through New York City to Taos.

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska. The Midwest Third Biennial Exhibition, 1954:
Purchase Award plus Jurors' Honorable Mention.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Young Collections Exhibition, 1955: First Prize.
Brooklyn Museum. 10th National Print Annual Exhibition: Purchase Award.
Columbia Museum of Arts, South Carolina. First Columbia Biennial Exhibition, 1957: Purchase Award. Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana. 5th Annual Drawings and Small Sculpture Show, 1959:
Purchase Award.
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe: Purchase Award, 1956. First Prize (Sculpture) 1969.
Taos Art Association, New Mexico: Graphics Award, 1967, 1972.

Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado
Aspen Institute Executive Center, Colorado
Midland Federal Savings, Denver, Colorado
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
Sheldon Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Roswell Museum, New Mexico
Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland

Select the following link to view the digital catalog of works included in our past exhibition

Selected works currently in our inventory :

Images are not to scale.

"Untitled, Cliff Dwellings"
oil on canvas - 1957
  38" H x 36" W

"No. 1"
watercolor  & gouache on paper - 1995
  22" H x 22" W

"Genesis III"
oil on linen - 1962
  14" H x 44" W

"Haiku The Wind I"
watercolor on paper - 1998
  22" H x 22" W

"Untitled #27"
watercolor on paper - 1995
  7 3/8" H x 7 3/8" W

"No. 3"
watercolor  on heavy paper - 1995
  22 1/4" H x 22" W

"No. 23"
watercolor  on heavy paper - 1995
  10 7/8" H x 10 7/8" W

"Barred Brilliance"
watercolor - 1964
  10 1/2" H x 14 1/4" W

"Southwest Odyssey III"
ink on paper - c 1966
  14" H x 22" W

"Reflections on Lake Powell XXVII"
oil on mounted linen - c. 1970s
  9" H x 9" W

"Winter Taos XVI"
oil on linen mounted on Masonite -  c. 1970's
  9" H x 9" W

"Winter Taos XVII"
oil on linen mounted on Masonite -  c. 1970's
  9" H x 9" W

"Baja Springtime Green III"
  11" H x 11" W

"Parched Pebble"
manufactured metal on wood - 1971
  26" L x 6" H x 6 3/4" D

"Shape of Random Joy VIII"
  15 1/2" L x 14" H x 3" D - SOLD

"Canyon de Chelly II"
oil on canvas - 1956
  50" H x 44" W - SOLD

"Winter Taos XVIII"
oil on linen mounted on Masonite -  c. 1970's
  9" H x 9" W - SOLD

"No. 4"
watercolor  & gouache on paper - 2000
  7 7/8" H x 7 7/8" W - SOLD

"Springs First Flutes & Drums"
mixed media tissue collage - c. 1960
  9 3/4" H x 29" W - SOLD

"No. 5"
watercolor  & gouache on paper - 1995
  22 3/8" H x 22 3/8" W - SOLD

"Struggle Towards Spring"
watercolor  & gouache on paper - 1995
  22 1/4" H x 22" W - SOLD

"Cut Out Autumn"
watercolor on paper - 1995
  21 1/2" H x 21 1/2" W - SOLD

Liquitex on board - 1968
  20 3/4" H x 23 1/2" W - SOLD

"Dust Devil"
oil on Masonite - 1957
  8" H x 18" W -  SOLD

"Taos Sun Spider"
oil on linen - 1977
  44" H x 50" W - SOLD

"Reflections Lake Powell #3"
oil on Masonite - 1976
  9" H x 9" W - SOLD

"Reflections Lake Powell #22"
oil on linen mounted on Masonite - 1976
  9" H x 9" W - SOLD

"Carpe Diem #5"
oil on linen mounted on Masonite -  c. 1970's
  9" H x 9" W - SOLD

"Dried Wild Rose Hips"
oil on canvas - 1958
  24" H x 28" W - SOLD