Born in London, Ralph Freeman studied at St Martin’s and Harrow Schools of Art 1961–1965.

He worked as an artist, musician, designer and art director in London and Europe until 1983, where after he painted exclusively. He also composes and continues to perform as a jazz pianist which informs aspects of and themes in his painting.

After moving to St Ives in 1988 he was elected member of the Newlyn and the Penwith Societies of Artists and in 1996 was awarded an Arts Council tenancy of No.6 Porthmeor Studios.

He formed the St Ives Jazz Club in 1998, nominated Jazz Venue of The Year 2015 in the All Parliamentary Jazz Awards. In 2012 he relocated and now works from his London studio.

His work has been exhibited in the UK, Germany, Italy, Holland and USA.