Rolando Reyna was born in George West, Texas in 1971. He received a BFA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a Holderness Fellow. Throughout twenty years of painting, Reyna has refined the tools of conviction, integrity, and reality in his works. From his early ‘90s influences of Texas artists identified as first and second generation Chicano artists to his studies of critical thought in abstract processes with New York-based painter Cora Cohen, Reyna has made full circle back to South Texas and into Southern Mexico to work alongside “Pintores Oaxaquenos", and to practice formalism and theory with a fusion of Texas ecology and the Oaxacan aesthetic.
Reyna now creates a journey through the cultural core of art and the individual in a mysterious and irreverent territory he developed from being raised in the Brush Country in South Texas. Existing in a world once fueled by his mother’s cooking, Reyna is determined to match the legacy created by the stories and myths whispered to him under the mesquite trees and between the nopal cactus. In the heart of his Mexican American experience are concepts and conditions of rural living as well as the desire to redefine the tongue and voice of all hardworking individuals in Texas. The characters and dialogues occurring in his work personify witty absurdities, and political assertions which have become meaningful reflections the human condition as a whole. His work is included in the collections of the Art Museum of South Texas, and The Weatherspoon Art Museum in North Carolina.
Reyna currently resides in Houston, and has joined HCC's Center of Excellence for Visual & Performing Arts Division to teach painting and drawing.