Ray Vinella biography
Born in Bari, Italy, Ray Vinella came to the United States in 1935 at the age of two. He was raised in New York’s Lower East Side and joined the Air Force at age 17. He served during the Korean War. He attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles majoring in illustration. His creative abilities landed him a job in Pittsburgh as an industrial illustrator. His career would make a turn and take him to California for illustrative work with Lockheed and Disney. Inspired by a Nicolai Fechin exhibit, he quit his illustration job and moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1969. His work was quickly noticed and an art gallery in Taos began carrying his paintings. Seeing the need to work with and mentor young artists, Ray formed the Taos Six with Walt Gonske, Ron Barsano, Julian Robles, Robert Daughters and Rod Goebel. This group helped to revitalize the Taos market and bring it to an entirely new generation of art collectors. Vinella is one of the grand old masters of Taos, having instructed a large portion of the younger painters in the Taos area. Ray continues to paint and mentor younger painters in the area of oil painting.
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Oil 9″ x 12″
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