Ron Kenedi’s work is a personal, vibrant reflection of the many eclectic places and times he’s lived in. Born and raised in New York City, Ron came of age during the volatile and seminal 1960s. He attended Stony Brook University where he studied Fine Arts with mentors including Lawrence Alloway, Allan Kaprow, Nam June Paik, and other distinguished teachers. After college, Ron practiced stone lithography at the Art Students League in New York and taught figure drawing at the Mediterranean Institute in Deya, Majorca, Spain where he was on the faculty with Anthony Burgess and Colin Wilson. As Ron’s technique evolved, his artwork began to take on a look and feel that was representative of his life’s diverse influences. It’s a style that is mostly figurative, focusing on presenting the essence of the subject. The goal of each piece is to set a mood and tell a story that requires the viewer to participate on a visceral and intellectual level. “I want the artwork to be a catalyst for the viewer’s own interpretation and provide meaning beyond the work itself,” he says.
Working in pencil, charcoal, pen/brush and ink, pastels, watercolors, acrylics and oil paint, Ron’s work evokes tones of the classic masters he was influenced by, including Vermeer, Matisse, and Picasso. At the same time, his bold lines, adventurous colors and dramatic shading undeniably reflect the essence of Jazz, R&B, and other pioneering voices from the age he grew up in.
After gallery showings in New York, Spain, Northern California, Los Angeles, and the former Auschwitz concentration camp, Ron broadened his focus to include a different cause. For the last 30 years he has been a pioneer and innovator of solar electric energy. During that time he ran the US operations of three global corporations and traveled the world promoting the use of solar electric power.
Ron first moved to the Sierra Mountain community of Grass Valley/ Nevada City in 1971, homesteaded rural acreage, raised a family, started his solar power business and worked in his studio. Now, with his corporate work behind him, he, his wife and two Chihuahuas have re-located back to Nevada City. Ron now spends most of his time painting in his studio. The circle is complete.