Ralph Gilbert studied art in Los Angeles as an undergraduate at the Chouinard Art Institute, which later became the California Institute of the Arts. He received the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1972. He lives and maintains a studio in Atlanta. When not engaged in the creation of public art, he maintains a high level of production of personal artwork and regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings. Through his public works he is dedicated to extending the tradition of figurative, narrative mural painting and mosaic in western art with an approach that is contemporary and evocative. Gilbert is also a professor of fine art at Georgia State University, where teaches drawing to a diverse and talented group of students.