Gary Kret was born in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1953. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. He was the recipient of the Ford Foundation and Polish Heritage Grants. After a 24-year hiatus from exhibiting, Gary Kret showed his work in three exhibitions in 2018.

Kret's paintings become imbued with a life beyond the ordinary. There is an ambiguous quality to the still-life, resembling that of the known world however with an element of abstraction. Kret's sculptures, turned from maple blocks and stained with black aniline dye and finished with paste wax, are a representation of human gesture with a minimalist appearance of an anthropomorphic. Their simplicity provides a high aesthetic value and a moral perception that looks into the nature of truth and reveals the inner qualities and essence of materials.

He currently lives and works in Chevy Chase, Maryland.