RALPH BANEY was born in Trinidad in 1929. He attended Naparima College and Naparima Teachers College (1951-53). He received a Government Art Scholarship to study at Brighton College of Art (now Brighton University ), in England where he earned the NDD and A.T.C. degrees (1957-1962). After 9 years as Art Officer in the Ministry of Education and Culture he embarked on Graduate studies at the University of Maryland (1971-76) earning the MFA, & PhD degrees.
He has had 12 one person shows including Georgetown University 1974 and a Retrospective at the National Museum in Trinidad, 2004. He has participated in numerous group shows in the U.S., Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, England, Japan and Jamaica. RALPH BANEY has won prizes for his sculptures and has been commissioned to do an 8″x10″ sculpture of the National Coat of Arms (1970) and a 22’x4′ mural for Scotia Center in Port of Spain (1984). Honours include an Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) from the University of the West Indies in recognition of his lifetime achievements in sculpture (2004).
Photographs of Ralph Baneys’ sculptures have appeared in four books including “Masters of Wood Sculpture” Nicholas Roukes (1980) and “Sculpture Processes” by Anthony Padovano (1980). He was a member of the British Royal Society of Sculptors, Sculptors Guild New York, Washington Sculptors Group, and Sculptors Inc. Baltimore. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and American Artists of Renown.
RALPH BANEY was invited to participate in an international sculpture symposium in Yugoslavia in 1984. His works are in public and private collections throughout the world. Public collections include the National Museum in Trinidad and a Regent of the University of Maryland, USA. Private collections include her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Ralph died suddenly and unexpectedly, on the 21th of January 2014, at his home in Ellicott City, Maryland, where he lived with his son. His wife, master ceramic artist Vera Baney, pre-deceased him in 2008.