Roger Gray was born in 1969 in Prince Rupert, B.C. and raised in Port Simpson. He is of the Tsimshian Ginadoix Tribe, belonging to the Lax Kw’alaams Indian Band.
Roger has always enjoyed the creative arts in his spare time, but when his cousin Henry Green came to teach Native Art to the Lax Kw’alaams Junior Secondary School in 1984, he found his cultural calling.
Roger’s inspirations come from his aunt and grandfather. While he was growing up he spent his summers in Metlakatla, B.C. with his grandparents, and his two older brothers: Teddy and Victor. Roger and his grandfather shared a special bond that gave him patience, aesthetics, and aspirations. During the school year he was in Port Simpson with his mother Norma, where he spent a lot of time with his aunt Fran; she taught him endurance, dedication, and the strive for excellence.