University of Wyoming
San Francisco Art Institute
University of California, Irvine
Since 1955 to 1956, Ronald attended the University of Wyoming. In 1960, he enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he remained until 1964.
In 1962, Ronald was a Yale-Norfolk Summer School Grantee.
Since 1956 to 1959, Ronald Davis worked as a sheet metal mechanic. Since the 1960's, he started to create paintings. During that time, Abstract Expressionism was a major art movement, which influenced many of his works. In 1963, Ronald began to produce paintings in a distinct geometric, hard-edged style. In 1965, he held his first solo exhibition at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in Los Angeles. The artist remained in Los Angeles until 1971. During that time, he began to create sound sculpture and electronic music compositions.
Also, in 1966, Ronald was appointed an instructor at the University of California, Irvine. In 1972, he left for Malibu, where he lived until 1990. In 1988, Davis began to use Macintosh’s 3D rendering and animation programs in order to design paintings. In 1995, he returned to painting, using a wax medium on wood, which he named the Wax Series.
Currently, Davis lives and works in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. During his lifetime, he held nearly seventy solo exhibitions and took part in hundreds of group exhibitions.
Quotes from others about the person
"Ron Davis is a young California artist whose new paintings, recently shown at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York, are among the most significant produced anywhere during the past few years, and place him, along with Stella and Bannard, at the forefront of his generation." — Michael Fried, art critic