Ron Kleeman (1937- ) was born in Bay City, Michigan. His education in architecture and design helped to shape and mold Kleeman's journey into the world of photorealism. He has always had a fascination with iconography, be it religious or cultural, uses the two as his subject matter. Claiming not to be a social painter, Kleeman chooses to show, not talk about, cross-culture icons or visions of worship. He began utilizing the images of a racecar, which he felt was a direct representation of the cultural iconography by which he was fascinated. He moved from racecars and 20th century religious iconography to other subject matter he sees within an increasingly sub-cultural context. According to the artist, "I don't consider myself a social painter --- I want to show, not tell. I find object worship curious, so I paint about it. As you might suspect, I paint religiously everyday." He has had many solo exhibitions in New York City and Michigan since 1971. One of his most recent, "30 Years of Icons," was at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York in 1997. His work has been included in a multitude of group exhibitions around the world since 1961. He has public collections in numerous museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.