Chris Reiss was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he expressed an interest in art from an early age. Encouraged by his parents he attended various art classes throughout his youth. An after-school program directed by Richard Bay had a notable influence in these early years.
Reiss attended Hendrix College in Conway, AR from 2004 to 2008 where he studied drawing and painting from Matthew Lopas and Susan Clark, sculpture from Erik Maakestad, photography from Maxine Payne, and art history from Rod Miller. He also studied abstract art under Sammy Peters and figure-painting at the New York Studio School under Joseph Santore and Eric Holzman.
Reiss graduated with a bachelor’s degree 2008. From 2008 to 2019, Reiss lived in Conway, AR, New Orleans, LA, Fort Collins, CO, and Jacksonville, FL, working in restaurant kitchens and making art when he could.
In 2019, Reiss moved to Jacksonville with his fiance and began making art full-time.
The instruction and guidance of his teachers continue to have the greatest influence on his work. Reiss explores traditional representation and pure abstraction with similar concern for light, space, composition, technique, design, and narrative.
At present, Reiss works out of his home studio in Jacksonville, FL.