The name Faith on View emerged several years ago when I, Rondall, was trying to establish an organization that would encourage the arts within the church community. But, over the years the name became a moniker I sometimes use on internet boards, sites and even in video games. In many ways, it is a concise statement of what I am about. Honestly, as an artist and scholar, 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 was conceived to be a reflection of who and what I am, what interests me, what inspires me, and what disturbs me. My wife, Pamela, joined Faith on View in 2014 and we transitioned the site into a joint blog where we write about the things in life that hold deep interest for us and in some ways define us. Pamela is a photographer who also takes her faith very seriously so there is a lot of consonance in what we write. These are the things we talk about in a large part of our day-to-day life.
Additionally, Faith on View expanded to be the internet home of several of our projects (and likely more in the future). The first such project was for speaking and workshops that Rondall & Pamela lead at churches, colleges, and other organizations. The second project was Faith on Views extensive rankings of Christian colleges. No, it isn’t perfect. But, it is a great starting point for families looking into Christian education. The third project was the Art & Faith tours that Rondall leads to NYC and Europe. The most recent project is an extensive listing of Art & Faith Resources.
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 relatively conservative in my theology. My discomfort comes from the faith that is “on view” by so many Christians, especially evangelicals. Too often, it is a faith not grounded in love. I strive for my faith to be “on view” and I pray that it is a faith which does not shame its object. I believe in God’s prodigal grace and unbounded love. Further, I believe that we need to “love loudly” and hopefully we can be a counterbalance to voices of hate in the world that are claiming to hate in God’s name.
On the less stuffy side, I am married with five kids. Truth be told, I’m a bit of a nerd. I love nerdy games such as HeroScape, Yugioh, Palladium, Civilization, and League of Legends. I watch Science Fiction and Super Hero movies and shows with my kids…but I’d watch even if they didn’t.
As for the official sounding biography:
Rondall Reynoso studied studio 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 working on his Ph.D. in art history and aesthetics in the Historical & Cultural Studies of Religion department at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. His work has been exhibited in over eighty 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. He has also 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 between the corporeal and the spiritual. In 2008, Reynoso was one of seven North American artists selected by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity 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. He has also taught at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, William Jessup University, Graduate Theological Union, and California College of the Arts.
My childhood largely consisted of me laying in the California sunshine, lost in the mystery of yet another book. Those were the days! :)
My husband and I met in high school and had shared classes in both Art and English throughout that time. I find it a bit ironic that the shared interests in those topics continue to inform our relationship.
Within a few years of marrying, we moved with our two small children to New York City so my husband could continue his studies in art. I had always appreciated art, but living in NYC awakened so much more than I ever imagined. Rondall often likens our time in NYC to the storyline in the movie “Sabrina”. It was in Paris that Sabrina ‘found herself’ and it was in New York City that we, as a couple and as individuals, found ourselves. The museums and galleries and the breadth of culture in NYC is amazing and invigorating. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Though I was not a practicing artist at the time, I was soaking it all in, enjoying the conversation. My artistic sensibilities were being honed, not only through what I saw but through the life, I was living being married to an artist and “deep thinker”. My husband is my dearest friend who has also become my artistic mentor and teacher.
For most of our marriage, my time has been largely consumed with caring for our five children, including homeschooling for thirteen years. It was not until 2011 that I began to emerge from the fog of diapers and lack of sleep and began to pursue photography seriously.
After living about four hours from any major city in our last location, I realized that I am a city girl through and through. I now head into San Francisco with my camera every chance I get. I am convinced that you get out of life what you put into it and that contributing to other’s quality of life is important. The last two years I have enjoyed volunteering with a local Help-Portrait chapter helping to provide the under-served with portraits. I also very much enjoy the breadth of photography on Google+ and am enjoying being a moderator in the ever-growing Landscape Photography community.
I still enjoy a good book, bike rides with my husband, and hikes with the family and our dog. I prefer a “clean eating” lifestyle and enjoyed one for over a year. I would still be following it if life had not had some drastic changes, including a relocation. Of course, there is also the fact that my husband and family were convinced they would have died of starvation should I have continued. ;) I plan to go back to it, but for now, I console myself with the occasional brownie, crisp peanut butter cookie, or dark chocolate covered acai berry. :)
My theology? Without Christ, I am nothing.
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