Born at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas, Ray LeBoeuf grew up in East Plano and went on to study at the University of North Texas where he completed a General Studies degree with Majors in Art, Computer Science and Philosophy. While at the University he took a painting class taught by noted artist Vernon Fisher who encouraged him with his instruction and critiques. In 1990 he moved to New York City.
During the 1990s, Ray created iconic works of art that were inspired by commentary on societal ideas and ironies as well as manufacturing inherently absurd or non-functional objects. He often utilized found or ready-made objects in the creation of his artwork.
His first show in NYC was Media-Life, at Ward-Nasse Gallery curated by Robert Curcio. Many shows followed, including Anxious Times at Weber State University, Wall to Wall at Tribeca 148 Gallery, Size Matters at Gale Gates Gallery and Twisted Reminiscences at The New York Law School. Bill Arning accepted his work in the White Columns registry. After becoming acquainted with Amos Eno Gallery, he was invited to join and his submission was approved unanimously. Later he served on the gallery board where he helped out with card design and conceptual guidance for the group shows. His solo exhibition at Amos Eno Gallery, Variety Show in 1998 was well received.
In 1999, Ray created his first TV Pictures, which are long-exposure photographs of a cathode ray tube television. He was invited to display his work at RARE Gallery in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan in the group show, Photosynthesis.
In 2003 Ray moved back to Texas. He has participated at several gallery shows including CVA Design Collective, 500X Gallery, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Kettle Art, and the Davis Foundry.
“I am inspired by my fellow artists and their work, by the world which surrounds us – by the universe of objects which can be given meaning as art.”
My sculptures and paintings employ a variety of methods and experimentation is an important aspect of this work. By using consumer items in ways other than their original intent, their purpose is subverted and given new meaning as art. These works function as metaphors for absurdities found within society by parodying consumer culture, mass media, politics and traditions.
Creating art is a compulsive activity for me, the world is my inspiration and the world of ideas shaping our society. Art is an unlimited medium for this expression.