Rhenda Saporito

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I paint intuitively on paper, panel or canvas. With no regard for the end result, the painting begins to take on a life of its own, painting into and out of chaos. The “out of chaos” is the calming desire for which I strive. The journey may be a rollercoaster of emotions, but I know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Struggles are expected but you can have an inner peace and project that onto the canvas. The ultimate goal is an emotional response to the work that is communicated without words. The underlying marks and paint application tells a story. I sometimes wonder how the finished painting came to a resolution.

 


Biography

 

Rhenda Saporito is an abstract expressionist painter. Her mixed media paintings are an intuitive application on paper, panel or canvas. With no regard for the end result, the painting begins to take on a life of its own beginning with the first stroke on the canvas. The journey may be a rollercoaster of emotions that ultimately leads her to the finished painting. She reacts to the colors, the marks and the shapes, painting into and out of chaos.

Often asked, “What is it?” “It’s whatever it is to the viewer” Rhenda answers. An emotional response is the ultimate goal.

Rhenda was born in Dallas, Texas but she has spent the last forty years in New Orleans. She paints in New Orleans and Pass Christian, MS

Her abstract paintings are authentic and intuitive expressions of life experiences.

 

Education

 

1986-2004 New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

1974 Louisiana Tech University, B.S., Home Ecomonics

Solo/Duo Shows

 

2017

Freeport McMoran, New Orleans, August

Degas Gallery, Solo Show, “RHENDITIONS”,”Jammin on Julia”, New Orleans, La., May

2016

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Duo show, “Open and Obvious”, New Orleans, LA., March

Kelli Kaufman Gallery, Solo Show, Lafayette, La., January

2012

Studio MV, Solo Show, “Spring for Art”, Covington, La., April

 

Group Shows

 

 

2017

Mid City Studios Art Show, November

Hurricane Harvey “Heart for Texas”Group Show, Houston, Tx, September

Harvest Cup Polo Classic Patron Party, Inside Northside Magazine  August

Ogden Museum of Southern Art-Louisiana Contemporary Juried Show, White Linen

Night, August

650 Poydras Art Show, New Orleans, June

Degas Gallery,  “FiveFecta”, New Orleans, La., April

2016

Mid City Studio Art Show, New Orleans, La., November

2015

650 Poydras Art Show, New Orleans, November

Degas Gallery,  “ Art for Art’s Sake”, New Orleans, LA., Oct

Mid City Art Show, New Orleans, La., November

2014

Masur Museum, 51st Juried Competition, Monroe La., March

Capital Park Museum, “ArtMelt”- Juried Show, Baton Rouge, LA., June

2013

Mid City Art Show, New Orleans, La.,November

Publications

 

2017

Art Maze Magazine, London, England Issue 4, August

Tech Triumphs, Louisiana Tech University, June

Inside Northside Magazine, Featured artist article, January

2016

Inside New Orleans Magazine, Cover Art and Feature Article, April

2015

New Orleans Magazine, “Sleek and Modern”, November

New Orleans Advocate, Homegrown Gallery UMC Art, November

NolaVie, “The Art of the New University Medical Center”, October

Fresh Paint Magazine, London, England, Juried Selection, October

Forbes, Images-of-19-Contemporary-Artists, June

Inside Northside Magazine, May

2014

Art Galleries and Artists of the South, Juried Selection, December

2013

Inside Northside Magazine, Rustic Refined, July

 

Public Collections

 

Business Council of New Orleans & The River Region | New Orleans

Federal Reserve Bank | New Orleans, Louisiana

Leake & Andersson | New Orleans, Louisiana

Mr B’s Bistro| French Quarter New Orleans, Louisiana

Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | New York, New York

Superior Energy | New Orleans | Houston

University Medical Center | New Orleans

Watson Farley & Williams | New York, New York

 

Private Collections

 

Athens, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Aspen, Colorado

Austin, Texas

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dallas, Texas

Destin, Florida

Houston, Texas

Los Angeles, California

Nashville, Tennessee

New Orleans, Louisiana

New York, New York

Pass Christian, Mississippi

San Francisco, California

Shreveport, Louisiana

St. Joseph, Louisiana

Sun Valley, Idaho

 

Residencies

 

2018          

Master Series Residency | Aimone Art Services, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, Florida

2017

Master Series Residency | Aimone Art Services, Atlantic Center for the Arts,  New Smyrna, Florida

2016

Master Series Residency | Aimone Art Services, Atlantic Center for the Arts,  New Smyrna, Florida

2015

Art2Life Artist Residency | Nicholas Wilton, Easlen Institute, Big Sur, California      

Master Series Residency | Aimone Art Services, Atlantic Center for the Arts,  New Smyrna, Florida

2014

Master Series Residency | Aimone Art Services, Atlantic Center for the Arts,  New Smyrna, Florida