Roland Reiss has an influential history in the L.A. and Southern California art scene. His continual self-reinvention has led to a groundbreaking body of work. He describes his work as “energy fields and spaces in which colors and forms generate expressive visual experience.”
Reiss showed at Cirrus Gallery for a number of years before joining Ace Gallery. At Ace he had numerous one-person shows over the period of fourteen years, during which time that gallery represented him exclusively. He has shown at documenta in Kassel, Germany and at the Whitney Biennial Exhibition. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art he has had a one-person show and an extensive retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Currently he is showing at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art.
Reiss studied at the American Academy of Art, Mount San Antonio College and at UCLA. He taught at UCLA, the University of Colorado, and Claremont Graduate University. In 2009 he received the College Art Association Award for the Distinguished Teaching of Art. At CGU he held the Benezet Chair in the Humanities and in 2010 an endowed chair in art was established in his name. He was also the director of The Painting's Edge residency at Idyllwild Arts.
Major Group Exhibitions: documenta, Germany; The Whitney Biennial, NY; The Ducal Palace, Italy; Wight Gallery, UCLA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Oakland Museum of California; Santa Monica Museum of Art; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Art Space, San Francisco; Museo Tamyao, Mexico; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Orange County Museum of Art; Kyoto National Museum, Japan; California Institute of Art; Hirshhorn Museum, DC; Andi Campognone Projects, Lancaster Museum of Art and History; David Richard Gallery, NM; Toomey Tourell Fine Art; Cirrus Gallery; Ace Gallery; UC Irvine; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; UC Santa Cruz; Smithsonian Institution, DC; Portland Art Museum, OR; Mulvane Art Center, KS; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, MO; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belarus; and the Riverside Museum of Art.
Major Solo Exhibitions: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Diane Rosenstein Fine Art; Pasadena Museum of California Art; Cal State Universities: Stanislaus, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Channel Islands, Chico, Fullerton; Knoxville Museum of Art, TN; Neuberger Museum of Art, NY; University of Arizona Museum of Art, AZ; Los Angeles Municipal Gallery; Palm Springs Desert Art Museum; Calgary Museum, Canada; University of Kentucky, KY; South Alberta Art Gallery, Canada; UC San Diego; Amarillo College, TX; Fullerton College; University of La Verne; Claremont Graduate University; Huntington Beach Art Center; Ace Gallery; Cirrus Gallery; Toomey Tourell Fine Art; The Torrance Art Museum; UC San Diego; UC Berkley; and Riverside Museum of Art.
Reiss is the recipient of four N.E.A. grants and of numerous prizes and awards. His work is included in many public, corporate, and private collections, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.