ABOUT

Perseverance is an integral part of the artistic process for me.
- Rhenda Saporito

 

A r t i s t   S t a t e m e n t

My 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.  I paint into and out of chaos. The “out of chaos” is the calming desire for which I strive. I want the paintings to display a journey but to land in a resting space and create a sense of calm and a sense of wonder for the viewer. The journey may be a roller coaster 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. We should all be more emotional and passionate about life, our surroundings, and our work. This is the approach I convey in my paintings. Take your visual enjoyment to a new level by absorbing art work to which you respond. You may have a positive or a negative response but it must be a “response” or the work is flat. 

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Education

1986-2004 New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

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

Solo/ Duo Shows

2017          
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

2014
St. Jude Dream Home, Monroe, LA March-May

2012          
Spring for Art - Studio MV, Covington, LA April

Group Shows

2017          
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 Art Show, New Orleans, LA, November

2015         
650 Poydras Art Show, New Orleans, LA, November
Degas Gallery,  “ Art for Art’s Sake”, New Orleans, LA, October
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
New Orleans Museum of Art benefit auction, Art in Bloom, New Orleans, LA

2013         
Mid City Art Show, Group Art Show, New Orleans, LA November
New Orleans Museum of Art benefit auction, Art in Bloom, New Orleans, LA

2012
New Orleans Museum of Art benefit auction, Art in Bloom, New Orleans, LA

2005-2011
New Orleans Museum of Art benefit auction, Art in Bloom, New Orleans, LA

2005
Contemporary Arts Center “Postcards from the Edge”, New Orleans, LA
Arthur Roger Gallery in conjunction with KidSmart “Hot Off the Press”, New Orleans, LA

2004
Evans Gallery, Group Show, New Orleans, LA
Louise Day Nursery Art Studio- Open Studio, New Orleans, LA

1988-2004
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Student Show, Painting and Sculpture, New Orleans, LA

Publications

2017         
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

Collections | Public

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

Collections | Private

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

2017         
Master Series Residency | Aimone Art Services, Atlantic Center for the Arts,  New Smyrna, FL

2016         
Master Series Residency | Aimone Art Services, Atlantic Center for the Arts,  New Smyrna, FL

2015         
Art2Life Artist Residency | Nicholas Wilton, Easlen Institute, Big Sur, CA
Master Series Residency | Aimone Art Services, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, FL

2014          
Master Series Residency | Aimone Art Services, Atlantic Center for the Arts,  New Smyrna, FL 

 

SOUTHERN VENUES

PRYOR FINE ART | 764 Miami Circle, Atlanta, GA 30324

THE DEGAS GALLERY | 604 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

SOFAS & CHAIRS INC. | 123 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005


LOVE THE FLAMBEAUS

PORTFOLIO OF FLAMBEAU PHOTOGRAPHS
by RHENDA SAPORITO

The flambeau ("flahm-bo" meaning flame-torch) was originally a carrier of a torch to light the nighttime floats in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras season. Many of the flambeau carriers today are descended from long lines of carriers, some carrying a Flambeau for as many as forty years. LINK TO PORTFOLIO