Raymond Ortiz began making art from the first moment he could hold a crayon, though growing up he never considered or labeled himself an artist. Ray came more into art during high school when he became fascinated with urban street art. He found himself getting to know the graffiti scene and became a part of it.
During the end of his college career he found something was missing from his life; a solid background in Studio Art focusing on methods and techniques that he knew intuitively but couldn’t really grasp without some guidance. It was during this time that Ray began to explore figure drawing, oil/ acrylic painting, and mixed media.