Born and educated in California, Rader was raised by two teachers who forced him to keep an open mind throughout his childhood. They took positions in Europe and Rader was lucky enough to be schooled and tour the continent's museums and cultural centers. Even though he was the ripe old age of six, much of the experience was lost to youth. However, he was able to maintain an appreciation for the intellectual stimulation found in new places and ideas.
Although Rader worked in design and creative management for several years, it is only recently that he turned his attentions to fine art. His constant pursuit of new challenges has brought him full circle to his current artistic endeavors. Although he often worked with designers and artists, he played the role of manager. Finding himself distanced from the creativity he enjoyed, he left Los Angeles to seek out new opportunities. He now finds himself applying his computer skills to develop new pieces while also managing multiple projects. He has also been re-learning the traditional skills he used when he was younger.
Rader's recent work on the "Titans of Industry" required him to manage the simultaneous printing of ten pieces. The prints take a minimum of eight to twelve weeks to complete and the efforts to prepare for a fall 2011 show forced him to carve and print different pieces each day. "It was like being back in production with a call sheet each morning." He is currently battling ten reduction plates as he races towards the show's release date.