A native of Mississippi and a graduate of the Memphis College of Art, Randy Hayes spent several years in Boston as a free lance scenic artist working primarily for the PBS television station WGBH. In 1976 he moved to Seattle where he spent most of his career. During that time he maintained strong ties with Mississippi

In 2013 Hayes established a new studio in Mississippi. He has received awards through the auspices of both the Tacoma and Seattle Art Museums. and the Flintridge Foundation in Pasadena. He is a past recipient of the Visual Arts Award given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. His work is included in the collections of numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. The Mississippi Museum of Art  and the United States Department of State. Museums that have exhibited his work include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.

Randy Hayes: Baby Doll House was exhibited in 2006 at the Cheekwood Museum in Nashville. In 2009  Ruins of Mississippi and Other Places, a series of paintings that compare the ruins of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with other ruins in the world,  was exhibited at the University Museum in Oxford, Mississippi. Some of that work was also exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

The Mississippi Museum of Art exhibited Kyoto Views in 2011. Unfamiliar Territory, a fifteen year survey of the artist's work, was exhibited at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon in 2012.

A full resume is available on request.