Artists & Designers

Charles Ray (b. 1953)

Los Angeles-based artist Charles Ray is perhaps best known for his sculptures of altered and refashioned familiar objects, such as mannequins in the form of outsized or unusual depictions of various surrogate people that reflect back to us the human race in odd, often bizarre form. Born in 1953 in Chicago, IL, he received his BFA from the University of Iowa and his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Influenced by the work of both Anthony Caro and David Smith, Ray’s work reflects an interest in materials and scale.

Adapted from

  • DMA unpublished material, 2001.

Web Resources

  • Art Institute of Chicago
    Watch a short video of the artist discussing his work, in conjunction with his 2015 retrospective.

  • Menil Collection
    Watch a long-form lecture by Charles Ray, "Thoughts on Sculpture I" from 2015.