Raymond Pettibon (b.1957 Tuscon, Arizona) lives and works in New York City, New York. Pettibon earned a degree in economics and worked as a high school math teacher briefly before returning to college. He graduated with a BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977
Known for his stylized ink drawings combining image and text, Pettibon is a self-taught artist citing William Blake, Francisco Goya, Edward Hopper, and John Sloan as his influences. He came to prominence in the early ’80s through producing iconic album covers, logos and posters for bands such as Sonic Youth and Black Flag. His work as a visual artist reflects a similar anti-authoritarian punk sensibility. While many of Pettibon's works include legible text with varying obscure and implicit messages, others remain abstract, or purely figurative. He has become widely recognized for using American iconography variously pulled from literature, art history, philosophy, and religion to politics, sport, and sexuality.