Raymond Saunders is an American artist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1934. He currently resides in Oakland, California. Saunders works in a large variety of media, and is best known for work that encompasses painting and transversal media juxtaposition, sometimes bordering on the sculptural while always retaining a deep relationship to modernism in painting. Incorporating collage, text and visual cultural monikers to his paintings, Saunders applies a social narrative to most all of his practice. Saunders has had numerous solo and group exhibitions spanning from 1952 to the present. His work is a part of several important collections including the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco, California), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, California), Hunter College (New York, New York), Howard University (Washington, D.C.), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York), the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum (San Francisco, California), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, California), the Museum of Modern Art (New York, New York), the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, California), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, California), the Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, California), the Walker Art Center, (Minneapolis, Minnesota), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, New York).