Throughout twenty years of painting, Reyna has refined the tools of conviction, integrity, and reality in his works. From his early 90s influences of first and second generation Chicano artists to his studies of critical thought in abstract processes with New York-based artist 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 South Texas Ecology and Oaxaca Aesthetic. Reyna now creates a journey through the cultural core of art and the individual in a mysterious and irreverent territory he calls Ranchoverse. 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 new Latino culture in Texas. The characters and figuration in his work personify witty absurdities, and political assertions which have become meaningful reflections the human condition as a whole.
Rolando Reyna, born in George West, Texas, lives and works in Houston, TX. He graduated with a BFA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1994, and went on to earn an MFA as a Holderness Fellow from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2000.
An international group exhibition including Rolando Reynas work entitled Tex-Oax, Oax-Tex, will open at La Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO), Oaxaca City, Mexico on May 15, 2014. His solo exhibitions include: Chorizo Scented, The Lullwood Group, San Antonio, TX (2013); Planeta Verda Now, Talento Bilingüe de Houston, Houston, TX (2010); When The Kingdom Sheds It's Skin, The Cloister Gallery, Houston, TX (2010). He has participated in many group exhibitions including: Gran Exoventa, De Obras De Arte, Salón del Hotel Camino Real, Oaxaca City, Mexico (2003); Hispano-Epiphany, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA, (2013); We Are You Project, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, NY (2012). His work is in such public collections as the Art Museum of South Texas, and Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina. He has held numerous academic appointments and is currently Program Director at Houston-based arts organization, City ArtWorks. In his years of service, he has assisted hundreds of artists and aspiring teachers gain employment as art educators throughout Houston, and its more rural communities.