Ray Aronne lives in a 55+ gated community in Farmingdale, Monmouth County, NJ. Before that he lived in Middletown, NJ for 40 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. Ray was stationed in Germany for three of the four years he served, and was fortunate to travel and tour much of Europe. Ray and his wife Sophie, have enjoyed seeing a good part of the world via travel. Golf, gardening, bowling, reading and, of course, painting rounds out his personal interests.
Creative Director & Executive Art Director
Ray’s professional career was based in the advertising industry in New York City and New Jersey. He worked in both the print and television mediums as an Art Director, Executive Art Director and then as Creative Director at Venet Advertising (25 years) and at Cayton Adverting (3 years). Clients included national & regional companies such as General Motors, Prince Spaghetti & Sauce Products, Pathmark Supermarkets, Hillshire Farm products, The New Jersey State Lottery and many more diversified brands and companies.
Clio award for Prince Pasta Co. “Anthony” campaign. A number of Print and Television awards from NY Art Directors and New Jersey Art Director Clubs.
Ray leveraged the opportunity afforded him as a veteran using the GI Bill to peruse his desire to work in a career that would maximize his artistic abilities. Working during the day in a Wall Street brokerage firm, Ray attended night school for over 9 years after his day job (3 nights a week). He attended school at The Pratt Institute, The School of Visual Arts and The New York-Phoenix School of Design. Fields of study and curriculum at these schools included a wide range of fine art, commercial art, and all aspects of advertising based studies.
From his years in the Advertising industry, Ray uses his drawing ability and visual aesthetic to understand how to express the “right” kind of emotion for each project. A well-sketched layout or storyboard that conveyed these skills very often was instrumental in conveying and “selling” an idea to a client. Ray says art has always been a foundational part of his life. He paints in oils, watercolor and acrylics. He also enjoys pen and ink based art, cartooning, sculpting and enjoys being creative working in the garden.