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 in drawing, painting, photography and sculpture 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, painting and print-making under Matthew Lopas and Susan Clark, sculpture from Erik Maakestad, photography from Maxine Payne, and art history/theory from Rod Miller. He also studied abstract art as an intern with Little Rock’s Sammy Peters and figure-painting at the New York Studio School under Joseph Santore and Eric Holzman.
Reiss received bachelor’s with an emphasis in painting in 2008. For the next decade he lived in several states, working as a cook 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. You can usually find him every Saturday at the Riverside Arts Market among other art walks and festivals.