The name Faith on View emerged several years ago when I was trying to establish an organization that would encourage the arts with in the church community. But, over the years the name became a moniker I sometimes use on internet boards and sites. In many ways, it is a concise statement of what I am about. Honestly, as an artist and art historian it is a bit nerve racking to put my faith “out there” for the public to see. Religion and contemporary art have a very uncomfortable relationship, sometimes with good reason (from both sides). Finally though, I conceded that transparency is one of my core values and as such this blog seeks to be transparent. This blog seeks to be a reflection of who and what I am, what interests me, what inspires me, and what disturbs me.
Professionally my work is deeply influenced by my faith. While my artwork is abstract it is infused with spiritual content. In my scholarship, I am interested in the relationship between modern and contemporary art and religion.
Religiously, I consider myself “uncomfortably” evangelical. I am fully devoted to Christ and fairly conservative in my theology. My discomfort comes from the the faith that is “on view” by so many Christians, especially evangelicals. I strive for my faith to be “on view” and I pray that it is a faith which does not shame its object.
On the less stuffy side, I am married with five kids. Truth be told, I’m bit of a nerd. I love nerdy games such as HeroScape, Yugioh, Palladium, and League of Legends. I watch Science Fiction with my kids…but I’d watch it even if they didn’t.
As for the official sounding biography:
Rondall Reynoso studied art and art history at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he received his M.F.A. in painting and a Masters in art history. Currently, he is in the PhD program in Art & Religion, with a focus on art history, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His work has been exhibited in over sixty solo and group exhibitions across North America. The venues have been as varied as commercial galleries from Manhattan to California, art centers, churches, museums, colleges and universities. Also, he has been profiled and his work reviewed across the nation in regional media, including journals, newspapers, television, and radio. Reynoso’s formal abstraction deals heavily with metaphors, both sociological and spiritual, including the exploration the boundaries between 2-D and 3-D as a metaphor for the relationship of the corporeal and the spiritual. In 2008, Reynoso was one of seven North American artists selected by the Nagel Institute to take part in a cross cultural seminar in Indonesia from which an international traveling exhibition emerged. From 2007-2012, Reynoso lived in Louisiana where for four years he was the head of the art department at Louisiana College followed by a year teaching at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Presently, he teaches in the Creative Arts program at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA.