Ray Bertrand Biography

Ray Bertrand




Raymond Clarence Bertrand (1908/9-1986), muralist, lithographer, painter, and printer, was born to David and Julia Bertrand in San Francisco, California on January 6, 1908 or 1909. Bertrand studied at the California School of Fine Arts under E. Spencer Macky and he later taught lithography there. In 1927, he won the Anne Bremer scholarship and, in 1934, he was one of twenty-six artists selected for the mural project in San Francisco's Coit Tower.

During the Depression he worked on the California Federal Art Project. He was the lead printer for the project and often printed other artist's lithographs. He had developed a lithographic transfer paper that allowed artists around the state to send their work through the mail for printing and proving. In 1935 he married Sofia Madariaga and in 1942 he won an Abraham Rosenberg Scholarship enabling him to continue his study of color lithography. He worked at the California School of Finance while living in Mill Valley.

Bertrand was a member of the San Francisco Art Association and exhibited in their annual shows. He died in Oakland, California on December 18, 1986.