RAL86 - Biography and CV Listed Below
I am a visual artist who creates to praise individual and collective stories through human portraiture.
My subject matter centers around “everyday people.” I craft portraits with vibrant colors and contemporary elements that aim to capture the energy and spirit of my subjects’ stories.
My inspirations are drawn from the concepts and philosophies of Street Art culture and Illustration - using aerosol, acrylic paint and various graphic design techniques to construct pieces in varying styles, scales and surfaces. I use visual arts to amplify both my surrounding environments and the narratives contained within them.
My visual arts style and identity grew from the wonder and excitement I felt from first seeing murals and illustrations as a child. These works of art influenced me to learn various graphic design and illustrative techniques commonly seen in the comic books, animations and pop culture elements of the 90s and early 2000s. As my peers and the adults in my life worked to support my newly found creative endeavors, I became inspired by their stories and journeys, which brought forth the narrative aspect of my work.
As I grew as an artist, I became more grounded in my understanding of art’s purpose within society. After observing the impact of studio projects, murals and public art over the past few decades, I felt that it was time to embrace the responsibilities and privileges I have as a visual artist. Through my recent projects, I’ve gained an understanding of what it means to truly create for communities and of our human experiences, which has been strengthened through collaborative efforts, personal experience, space and opportunity, and my overarching love for the arts.
-ChromaZone Mural and Art Festival 2019. September 8th. Little Mekong Marketplace. Saint Paul, MN.
-Drop In: Skate Deck Art Show 2019. July 19th. Modist Brewery. Minneapolis, MN.
-LynLake Mural Festival + Exhibition. July 13th. Legacy Glassworks. Minneapolis, MN.
-Wintertide Exhibition 2019. January 25th. 1400 12th Ave NE. Minneapolis, MN.
-Mayor Melvin Carter’s Inaugural Ball. January 5th. Union Depot. Saint Paul, MN.
-Make On Lake Mural 2018. August 11th. 16th and Lake. Minneapolis, MN.
-Greenway Glow 2018. July 28th. Bike Trail Near 28th and Cedar, Minneapolis, MN.
-Art-A-Whirl 2018. May 18th-20th. Northrup King Building. Minneapolis, MN.
-Art Attack 2017. November 3rd-5th. Northrup King Building. Minneapolis, MN.
-Exhibition At Blick Roseville. September 21st. Blick Art. Roseville, MN.
-Summer In The City. August 10th. Orpheum Theatre. Minneapolis, MN.
-Red Hot Art Festival 2017. July 23rd. Stevens Square. Minneapolis, MN
-Process - A Series Of Technical And Conceptual Works By Reggie LeFlore. July 22nd. FCAI. Albert Lea, MN.
-Art-A-Whirl 2017. May 19th-21st. Northrup King Building. Minneapolis, MN.
-Made Here MN: Future. May 4th. 730 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN.
-Collaborative Mural. Sept 18th. Intermedia Arts. Minneapolis, MN.
-Red Hot Art Festival 2016. July 30-31st. Stevens Square. Minneapolis, MN.
-Made Here MN: Represent. June 2nd. 930 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN.
-Going Places. February 13th. Freeborn County Arts Initiative. Albert Lea, MN.
-From A Fan- A Solo Exhibition Of Inspired Works By Reggie LeFlore. December 12th. RNG Gallery. Council
-TKT Nights- Rooftop Art And Music. September 11th. 104 Bedford RD. Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong.
-RAL86 At Jerry's. August 7th. Jerry's Bar. Omaha, NE.
-Thank You For Being A Friend. July 10th. Shelterbelt Theatre. Omaha, NE.
-Zydeco Music Festival. June 27th. Midtown Crossing. Omaha, NE.
-RAL86 At Blick Omaha. June 20th. Blick Art. Omaha, NE.
-$100 Art Sale. June 12th. Project Project. Omaha, NE.
-Hip Hop For Peace. May 16th. The 402. Omaha, NE.
-5 Years Young. May 9th. Midtown Crossing. Omaha, NE.
-Artslam+. April 8th. Bancroft Street Market. Omaha, NE.
-OEAA Nominee Exhibition. Jan 10th. RNG Gallery. Council Bluffs, IA.
-Hello, Dali! A Surrealist Art Experience. Jan 8th. The Apollon. Omaha, NE.
-OEAA Nominee Showcase. November 21st. Benson Theatre. Omaha, NE.
-The Subconscious Element. October 17th. The Union For Contemporary Art- Wanda D. Ewing Gallery. Omaha, NE.
-Live Aerosol Demo. Vinton Street Creativity Festival. October 4th. 18th and Vinton. Omaha, NE.
-Abstract Concrete Graffiti Throwdown 2014. August 23rd. Bancroft Street Market. Omaha, NE.
-DefyGrav-Pooloza. July 3rd. Omaha, NE.
-That's Not Art! August 15th. The Apollon. Omaha, NE.
-RAW Artists Omaha: Panorama. June 20th. Sokol Auditorium. Omaha, NE.
-Benson First Friday. May 2nd. Jake's Cigar Bar. Omaha, NE.
-Benson First Friday. December 6th. The Sydney. Omaha, NE.
-RAWards Local Semi-Final Show. November 21st. Sokol Auditorium. Omaha, NE.
-RAW Artists Omaha: Translations. September 26th. Sokol Auditorium. Omaha, NE.
-Abstract Concrete Graffiti Throwdown 2013. August 24th. Bancroft Street Market. Omaha, NE.
-RAW Artists Chicago: En Masse. August 8th. Double Door. Chicago, IL.
-Native Omaha Days Exhibition. August 3rd. Carver Bank. Omaha, NE.
-Live Aerosol Demo. Vinton Street Creativity Festival. May 18th. Omaha, NE.
-RAW Artists Omaha: Marvel. April 10th. Sokol Auditorium. Omaha, NE.
-Benson First Friday. March 1st. 62nd and Maple. Omaha, NE.
-Benson First Friday. December 7th. Beercade. Omaha, NE.
Nominated for Outstanding Public Art - Assisted By Barber. Omaha Entertainment And Arts Awards 2019.
Grant Recipient from the 2019 CURA Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative program.Awarded Best 2-Person Exhibition (with Jeff King). Omaha Entertainment And Arts Awards 2016.
Nominated for Best Emerging Visual Artist. Omaha Entertainment And Arts Awards 2016.
Nominated for Best Public Art (with various artists). Omaha Entertainment And Arts Awards 2016.Nominated For Best Emerging Visual Artist. Omaha Entertainment And Arts Awards 2015. Received First Place Award For Abstract Concrete Graffiti Throwdown 2014.
Residencies/Volunteer Work/Arts Related Employment
Lead Artist. June 20th - August 30th. Hope Community. Minneapolis, MN.
Arts Advisory Panel Member. June 15th - Present. Made Here. Minneapolis, MN.
Teaching Artist. January 10th - February 28th. Union For Contemporary Art. Omaha, NE.
Resident Artist. October 1st - January 31st. The Apollon. Omaha, NE.