Michael Ray Charles was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1967. Is his work contemporary art used his amid knowledge studied at universities such as McNeese State University and the University of Houston. Throughout his studies Michael Ray Charles has studied advertising design and illustration; he eventually moved to painting. Charles chooses to use bright colors to illustrate racial attitudes here in the US, his focal point of investigation has be related to the African American descent. Charles’s work has been questioned and used in many cases. Michael Ray Charles has been commissioned to create posters for the HBO network.
When asked if his paintings are about people Michael replied “They are about images. They are about the negative stereotypes that African Americans still buy into…” (Charles). Among all of his works the painting “(Forever Free) Bang Bang” revels an unquestioned depiction of truth. This painting is of an African American Kid with dreads, a recycle sign, target, and two guns with a flag coming out reading bang bang. This painting was completed in 1995; its full color screen-printing was made to spread throughout contemporary culture, and depicted African Americans during the 70’s.