Ray Grist
31 Leonard Street
Suite 18 R
Brooklyn, NY 11206
646 257-4773



Selected Biography


Solo Exhibitions


2004 – Ray Grist: Paintings - York College, NY
2002 - Ray Grist: Bring On The Paint - The Broome Street Gallery, NY
2000 - Ray Grist: Paintings from the 90’s - The Broome Street Gallery, NY
1999 - Kavehaz, NY
1984 - The Cellar Gallery, NY
1984 - Ray Grist:  Passages (1974 - 1984) - The Studio Museum in Harlem
1974 - Metropolitan Applied Research Center, NY
1974 - Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska
1970 - The Cinque Gallery, NY                  


Group Exhibitions


2009 – Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York
2007 - The Parish Gallery, Washington, DC
2003 - On Common Ground - Milllenium Arts, Washington, DC
2001 - Atmosphere Gallery, New York
1999 - Collectors II, Cinque Gallery, New York
1996 - With All Deliberate Speed - Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
1994 - 25th Anniversary Exhibition - The Studio Museum in Harlem
1993 - 25 Years of African-American Art - The Studio Museum in Harlem/Paine Weber Art Gallery, NY
            Cadavre Exquise, The Drawing Center, NY
1992 - American House - Munich, Germany; Moira Fine Arts Gallery, - Lisbon, Portugal
1991 -The Search for Freedom: African American Abstract Painting, 1945 - 1975 -Kenkelaba Gallery, NY
1988 - The Lyman Allan Museum, New Milford, CT
1988 - Snakebones  - Gallery 21, NY - JUMP ONE - POW WOW GROUP, NY
1985 - The Zucker Gallery - NY Art Expo
            Recent Acquisitions and Notables from the Permanent Collection; The Fine Art of                      Collecting  - The Studio Museum in Harlem
1985 - 14th Annual Black Art Exhibition - Great Neck Public Library, NY
1984 - The Cellar Gallery, NY
            The Rockefeller Collection, NY 
            Salute to Bob Blackburn - The Schomburg Collection, NY
1983 - New American Art - The Festival Group/Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp., NY
1982 - An Exhibition of Ten Artists - Just Above Midtown/Downtown, NY
1980 - Impressions/Expressions - 200 Years of Black American Printmakers - The Studio Museum in Harlem, traveling exhibition
1980 - The Randall Gallery, NY
1978 - Tim Blackburn Gallery, NY
1974 - Gallery Chemould, Bombay, India
1973 - Restoration House/Genesis II Gallery, NY
            Artists In The Schools - NYC Public Schools
1970 - African American Extensions/Impact Africa - Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
1969 - First Painter’s Weeks, International Symposium - Eisenstadt, Austria
1967 - New School for Social Research, New York

 During 1980, Ray Grist initiated the Department of the Arts, Malcolm/King Harlem College Extension, New York, and was Chairperson.  His responsibilities included fund raising, curriculum planning and teaching a course in basic drawing.  Grist has also taught painting, drawing, printmaking (intaglio etching, block printing) at BOCES of Southern Westchester, New Mews, NY, Grant Day Care Center, NY, Artist in the School, NYC Board of Education, Thompson’s Rehabilitation Center, NY, East Harlem Protestant Parish, NY.   He has given a lecture series, A Concise History of Modern Art, and The Art of Africa, at the UN International School, NY.  Grist has conducted various workshops including What is Art, Pratt Institute, NY.

Ray has taught a course in Basic Painting, at York College/CUNY, New York.

 He served as Editor of The ANHD Reader, the bi-weekly newsletter of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Developments, Inc., (ANHD) a membership Association consisting of 100 community development and community preservation organizations in the New York area.

 JAY MILDER: A LIFE STORY -- Ray Grist has created the documentary presentation of the life of Jay Milder. A New York based painter, sculptor and printmaker, Jay Milder enjoys an internaitonal reputation. He is considered as one of the innovators and leaders of the figurative abstractionists, as well as an early progenitor of graffiti. Milder has shown works in many of the major US cities, and recently in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Brasilia, Brazil. His works are included in a number of public and private collections.

 This video documentation is not only a presentation of the life of Jay Milder, but it is, as well, a documentation of the artist’s environment, in Paris, Provincetown, and New York, during the latter decades of the 20th century.

 Along with Edson “Café” Da Silva, Grist collaborated in the production of the video/movie, Ancestors.  The video is an exploration of the music of the trio of Brazilian musicians, Folia de Reis.  Grist has also made video presentations, with Edson “Café” DaSilva of, Creation’s Child, a biographical representation of Mr. DaSilva; Just Bahia, A tourists view of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; In A Summer Mood, a presentation of the percussive music with stills for various performances of “Café.”

 He was Director, Writer, Narrator and Producer for the video program, The Moors – An Introduction to the Iberian Empire of the Moors, 710 - 1492 AD, a co production with Grist and the Board of Education, New York City.  This 1992 production represents an overview of the 800-year reign of the Moorish empire in southern Europe.  Grist has also produced a Power Point document outlining the history of the Moors in Al Andalus.

 Grist has produced a number of short video presentation exploring the poetry of Raschida Ismaili, Ode to an old Piano; and Malcolm Mooney, Queen of the Ball.

 He has also produced a series of videos for The Philanthropic Group including, Rocking the Boat; Learn It, Grow It, Eat It; The Andrus Scholars Program, Fordham University.

A selection of Grist's video presentations are featured on YouTube.com.

Ray Grist is the subject of "Portrait of an Artist," a video produced and directed by Veronique Dumbe

 Grist has also been Editor in Chief, Publisher and Art Director of, JUMP - A Forum for New World Culture.  Grist was responsible for the overall design and formatting of this publication.  The television magazine program JUMP TV was an outgrowth of this magazine. This video program presented contemporary artists, painters, printmakers, poets, musicians, photographers, and examples of their works.  Events and exhibitions, which are concerned with contemporary cultural issues, were explored.  JUMP, and JUMP TV offered descriptions of the contemporary New World reality, in the words of those who are actively committed to this cultural development.  JUMP TV was broadcast, on a regular basis, via Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), and Brooklyn Community Access Television, (BCAT).  This TV program was wholly produced and created by Mr. Grist.

 Ray served as Project Director/Editor, for the publication of the book, Roosevelt Island:  An American Idyll.  In his Introduction, he gives a lively and definitive description of Roosevelt Island, NY, and its past, present and future.  This dynamic, model New York community is presented as a unique international enclave, which offers vital examples of productive urban living.  This project was funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York.

 Mr. Grist produced In Their Own Voices: The East River Houses Research Project.   This video presentation documents the significant and unique experience – the East River Houses – during the early years of public housing (1940 - 1955), in New York City.  As a multiracial, multi-cultural amalgamation, East River Houses was historically important in the development of public housing throughout the United States.  In Their Own Voices, was funded by the New York Council for the Humanities, The Fund for the City of New York, The New York City Housing Authority, and the New York Community Trust.

 Ray has produced a virtual book (a CD) What Is A Painting?  This is a three-part assemblage, which describes Grist’s perception of painting, a short treatise on Black Art, and a slide show of contemporary New York artists.  This CD grew out of a lecture presented at The Cooper Union, October 2004.

 Grist’s works are included in a number of significant institutional collections including:  The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York; Millennium Art, Washington, DC; Biblioteque Nacional, Paris, France; International Symposium, Eisenstadt, Austria, Carver Bank, New York, and more.  Private collections include, Dr’s. Gillian and Geoffrey Baker, London, UK; Dr. & Mrs Ulf Thomson, Hamburg, Germany; Gail Wright Sirmans, New York; Pamela Rosenberg, Berlin, Germany; amongst others.

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