Born in The Bronx, NY on February 9, 1949, Laurence Pierce was the youngest of three children. In 1966, after graduation from the High School of Art and Design, he joined the Navy as a Photographer’s Mate and worked as a videographer for Armed Forces Radio and Television in Keflavik, Iceland and also aboard the U.S.S. Guam (LPH-9) as Ship’s Photographer.
In 1973 he began studies at the School of Visual Arts in NY, graduating in 1977 with a BFA degree. After graduation he began a 20 year career in advertising design and illustration. He met his future wife, Velma Johnson while working as an art director for the Mingo Jones Advertising Agency. They moved to her home town of Boston, MA in 1990.In Boston he joined several arts groups and participated in several solo and group shows in New England and New York.
His group exhibits include: Leslie Univ. (2005) The Gallery at the Piano Factory 2005, 2007 and 2015 (with Paul Goodnight). The Edward Kennedy Institute (2018) The Massachusetts State House (2012) The Mayor’s Gallery (2014), Boston, MA.His solo exhibits include: TJX Corporate Headquarters Framingham, MA (2004), The Eric Jean Ctr. For the Arts (2011) Northeastern University Black Students Center (2016, 2017, 2018), Susie Smith Gallery (2017) The Piano Factory (2018) The World Trade Ctr, Boston, MA (2011) the Great Hall Gallery, Boston, MA (2011)
He continues to conduct art workshops for Seniors in and around Boston, and wrote the curriculum for the children’s Arts for Life program at the Dimock Center in Boston, MA.