Ray Pierotti, artist

A brief biographical sketch


Born in Bountiful, Utah and educated in the Davis County public  schools. Pierotti evidenced, early in life, musical and visual

artistic gifts.  Following graduation from High School he entered

the military and served two years in Korea and Japan.

The experience informed his early artistic sensibilities and

following the service he moved to France where he completed

his first undergraduate degree at La Sorbonne. He returned

to Utah and to the University of Utah where he completed a

B.F.A., and an M.M in music composition and musicology.                                     



He moved to New York City in 1963 where he supported his

career as a painter by teaching design at the New York School of Visual Arts while serving as Assistant Director of the American Craft

Museum.  He later became director of national programs for

the American Craft Council.  He had his first solo exhibition in

New York’s Sawdust Gallery followed by exhibitions at the South

Carolina Museum of Art, the Hunter Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museum of the University of Idaho and was included in numerous

group exhibitions throughout the USA.


He accepted the directorship of The Arrowmont School, and an academic appointment asassociate professorship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His exhibition schedule included the University of the South, Fairfax ArtAcademy, Morristown Art Center and numerous solo exhibitions in private galleries.  He was invited to open up and direct the SawtoothSchool of Visual Arts in Winston-Salem, NC  with solo exhibitions at The Southeaster Center for Contemporary Art, the Greenhill Center forthe Arts along with additional solo and group exhibitions throughout the country.


Invited to re- open the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts  (the South’s McDowell Colony) in North Georgia, he moved his studio to Atlanta and opened a second large studio in Shellman, GA where he now resides..  His list of solo exhibitions in private galleries and museums along with corporate and public commissions has led to a successful career as an independent  studio artist. 

He is catalogued in the Archives of American Art,

and listed in Who’s Who in International Art & Design.

His paintings and drawings are included in over 280

corporate, private and public collections throughout

the USA, South American, Europe and the Far East.

Over 700 paintings and drawings in 286 collections.




Unity of Three/One

144” x 84”

Unity of Three/Two

144” x 84”

Unity of Three/Three

144” x 84”

Three paintings on

untreated cotton in

a multi-layering of

three mediums.