Raul Acero (1950- ) was born in Bogota, Colombia. In 1954, four years after his birth, his politically prominent family was forced to emigrate to the United States by the military dictator at the time. He spent his childhood in Queens, New York and later was awarded a fellowship from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1973. Acero created an art facility in the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico in San German, Puerto Rico for ceramic and bronze casting and taught there for four years. When he moved back to New York City in 1980, he taught at the Parson’s School of Design and at Kingsborough Community College. His work has been shown extensively in New York City and he greatly contributed to his community by teaching college students, children, and senior citizens. In 1992, Acero began working as a Professor of Art at the University of Redlands in California where he was promoted to be the chair of the art department. He currently is chair of the art department at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina where he is helping design a new building for ceramics and sculpture. Acero is a master of abstraction. He usually obtains his desired effect by using biomorphic shapes and grids within his murals.