LCAD Alumnus, Illustration BFA, 2002
Ray Vargas is an Admissions Counselor and alumnus of the LCAD Illustration program. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Painting at LCAD. For 10 years, Ray worked as a teacher for the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) school district, as well as taught art for non-profits and grass-roots community organizations, notedly Job Corps from 2010 to 2015 and Escuelita Aztlan from 2012 to 2016. He is a longstanding teaching artist for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) TEAL & TELA programs and a known mentor for arts education and community outreach in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Ray worked as a freelance commercial illustrator and designer for over 10 years. As a fine artist he draws on his upbringing in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. In addition to painting, Ray is also a muralist and printmaker and has shown his work in Los Angeles, New York and throughout California.