Ray Kleinlein earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, a self-designed program of concurrent study from The Columbus College of Art
& Design and The Ohio State University. He also earned a M.F.A. degree with a dual major in Painting and Art History from Ohio
University in Athens, Ohio. In the past five years, he has exhibited in group and one-man
shows in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. His work is represented in the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as in
many private and over 200 corporate collections throughout the United States and
Canada. His work has been reviewed and reproduced in several publications in Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia, as well as in national publications, such as New American Painting and Southern Living.
He was awarded the Mary Lou Chess Award by the Ohio Art League in 1999 and
placed 2nd in Miami University's National Young Painters competition in
2001. He has taught at Lynchburg College, Davidson College, and Ohio
University and is currently teaching Fine Arts at Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia.
Kleinlein has said my paintings "pay homages to the sensual, emotional, and spiritual perception of reality. They are affirmations of the quiet beauty of simple objects that exist around us in our everyday lives, and by extension, are affirmations of existence itself. My hope is that the work allows the viewer to take a look at the overlooked and appreciate the ordinary experiences of everyday life which can be quite beautiful. Ultimately the work is about beauty, care, and reverence. Through beauty, care, and reverence art can bring optimism, faith and love into the world. Art that does this can be nourishing and restorative
combination of trompe líoeil (to deceive the eye)
precision with his rich painterly, physical handling
of paint yields works that are visually vital. These unique
still lifes are tantalizingly real and yet very much about
"art for artís sake." His command of texture is
extraordinary- from soft, plush pillows to turgid,
industrial hoses to crusty, dense loaves of homemade bread.
The artist elevates mundane subjects to iconic
"personalities" with his exceptional skill,
excellent pictorial design and wry wit.
The artist continues to teach at Lynchburg College and
Longwood University in Virginia and to exhibit throughout
the South and the Midwest in museum and gallery shows.