Ramon Riley, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned a Master of Art Degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013, with a concentration in painting. While Riley’s work draws from realistic study, he utilizes his poured paint foundations to integrate the representational with abstract expression. In 2015, Riley was the featured artist on WQED’s Pittsburgh 360, which spotlighted his solo exhibition, BRADDOCK Coming Home. Riley’s BRIDGES works were exhibited in Dallas, Texas in January 2016. A career art teacher at Pine-Richland High School of over 17 years, Riley’s belief in a strong art education in public schools stems from his own testimonial. With his 2014 “Where I Am From” project, Riley connected his Pine-Richland students and students from his alma mater, Woodland Hills High School, in a communal studio environment to create art works, which he showcased in his exhibition.