Michael Ray Charles (born 1967) is an American artist born in Lafayette, Louisiana.
His work and research can be divided into three main topics:
1.- The legacy of historic racial stereotypes of African Americans.
2.- War and disaster, dislocation and immigration, cultural alienation.
3.- The representation of people of different race religion and culture into the history of western art.
Spike Lee wrote, “Michael Ray Charles is a major artist. Please take notice I didn’t say African-American artist. You see I’ve been in that trick bag myself. Let’s not do that disservice to the brother. He is a major young artist, period.”
David Bowie ,” His favourite artists were Tintoretto, John Bellany, Erich Heckel, Picasso and Michael Ray Charles”. BBC news, 11 January 2016.