Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Raymond Saunders earned a B.F.A. from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He later studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, and eventually received an M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1961. Saunders works in many media, including watercolor, painting, drawing, collage, and assemblage. Saunders's work has been collected by Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Saunders currently teaches at the California College of Arts in Oakland, CA and is represented by the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco.