My strong intuitive approach has me favor painting abstraction with partial figurativism. Using popular symbols, camouflaged imagery, and skewed dimensionality I form sociopolitical evocations about personal freedom, gender identity, and the relationship between religion and nature. It is my hope that this work will gracefully enlighten others to steer clear of the fears that stop us.
As for materials, right now I like the texture, rigidity and permanence of a wood surface. Stains go on transparently so I can paint overlapping layers that produce multiple effects and narratives.
Ray Lobato is a California native, born on Route 66 in the Mojave Desert town of Barstow, CA. He is self-taught in art as well as graphic design. Since early on, Ray’s exceptional talents in drawing and design composition have pervaded in his work. His Psychology (B.A.), and Sociology (B.A.) degrees from the University of California have certainly contributed to his sociopolitical commentary.
In his lifelong passion for making art, Ray has enjoyed many successes in his growth as a painter as well as a graphic designer. In 2003, Ray renovated a run-down San Francisco frame shop and reopened it including a new art gallery where he curated many successful art exhibits showcasing local artists as well as his own work. His studio is in the Bay View District of San Francisco.