Behind every great painting lies an even greater story. Ron Kenedi is both a painter and a storyteller.
His paintings are a personal, vibrant reflection of the many eclectic places and times he’s lived in.
From his formative years growing up in New York City during the seminal 1960s and later moving to Northern California to join in the back-to-the-land movement to traveling and working around the world the last 30 years as one of the leading pioneers and innovators of solar electric energy, Kenedi never stopped painting.
His art features bold lines, adventurous colors and dramatic shading. His subjects are expressive, vibrant, and thought provoking.
“Art must be seen and stories must be read or heard for them to be complete and alive,” said Kenedi. “I want to make art that has something to say, not necessarily political, but really digs down to the very essence of our core being.”
As a young man, Kenedi attended Stony Brook University where he studied Fine Arts with mentors including art critic Lawrence Alloway, and artists Allan Kaprow and Nam June Paik, along with other distinguished teachers.
After college, Kenedi 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 prolific English writers Anthony Burgess and Colin Wilson.
After graduation, Kenedi moved to the San Juan Ridge where he built dome houses, started several small businesses, and even worked as the maintenance supervisor for the North Columbia Schoolhouse.
It was his inquisitive nature and entrepreneurial spirit that led him to founding the Independent Power Company, a renewable energy company, which became the largest retailer in photovoltaic components and systems in the U.S. He eventually become vice president of Solar Energy Solutions Group at Sharp Electronics Corporation.
“Even back then, my art was always my balance to deal with the frenzy of corporate life,” said Kenedi. “I tell people that I’ve been moonlighting as an artist for the last 30 years.”
Waking every morning at 5 a.m. to paint before heading into the office, Kenedi began a morning ritual that would stick for the rest of his life.
He would scour the news for stories and images that would inspire him or provoke his own story.
A solo exhibition of Kenedi’s fine art is currently on display at Coldwell Banker Realty in Nevada City through March. His work also will be part of a collaborative show, “Art of Love” at the Artist Studios in the Foothills in Grass Valley from Feb. 8 to March 24.