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 that 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 is currently an assistant professor of art in Tennessee. He 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 ninety 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 of 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, California College of the Arts, and Lee University.
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