Ray Gonzales was born in Auburn, California and grew up in nearby Lincoln. He earned his B.A. in Ceramic Sculpture from C.S.U.Sacramento. Additional graduate work and a teaching credential was also earned at C.S.U.S. Continuing study has also included workshops in Florida, Alaska, Nevada and in California. Mr. Gonzales has been included in many gallery exhibits, primarily in the Sacramento region, including; The Art Foundry, Solomon-Dubnick, Galeria Posada, The Artery, Axis Gallery, The Blue Line Gallery and at fort Mason in San Francisco. He has completed many Art-In-Public Places commissions- including 4 for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission as well as several in Placer County.
Ray is a long-time advocate of the Arts and was a afounding board member of several non-profit Arts organizations. As a board member of Lincoln Arts, Ray conceived of , developed and was chairman of , "Feats of Clay", an international, ceramic art competitive that had a 24 year run and included artists from all 50 states as well as from numerous countries around the world. Judges for this annual included the top ceramic artists from our nation. This huge exhibit was exhibited IN the 35 foot diameter beehive kilns at Lincoln's Historic Gladding McBean Terra Cotta working factory. This show has currently morphed into , "America's Clayfest", and is annually housed at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville, California. Ray teaches Art in Lincoln's public schools as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Art for Sierra College in Rocklin, California where he teaches Ceramic Sculpture. Ray resides and has his studio in Lincoln, California.