DONRAY, a.k.a. Donald A. Ray, grew up and lived in Texas. Some of his most formative years were spent in New York (1993-1999). He lived and worked in East Texas until 1990; the "Deep Ellum" area of Dallas, Texas from 1990 to 1993; the "DUMBO" area of Brooklyn, New York, 1993-1995 and in Manhattan from 1995 to 1999. In New York he became friends with critic and curator James Harithas, founding director of the Station Museum in Houston,and critic Ruth
Bass of ArtNews Magazie, Rock musician, Jim Thirlwell (aka Foetus) whose portrait he painted and artists Knox Martin, Norman Bluhm, Mel Chin and Irv Tepper. He attended the lectures of Knox Martin at the Art Students League in New York and Martin became his very close friend and mentor.
Donray has developed a painting style emphasizing motion using acrylics and pastels. His art is generally metaphorical focusing on the dynamic nature of life and the yearning of mankind for spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment.
Donray’s work has been exhibited in New York, Washington, D.C., London, UK and Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, Texas. He currently lives and works in Tarrant County, Texas.