“everything” the art and music of Jesse Reno and Portland Open Studio’s all this weekend

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

This Friday, Saturday, Sunday you are invited to come to my studio.

Opening reception for “Everything” by Jesse Reno
Friday, October 7th from 6-10pm

True Measure Gallery

3022 E Burnside st, Portland, 97214

LIVE music set performed by Jesse, drinks and snacks

Everything – an all encompassing exhibition including paintings, photographs, drawings, short films, and musical compositions created by Jesse Reno a full time artist in Portland for the last 12 years. All new work from within 2016. this exhibit showcases the relationship of Reno’s ideas inspirations and feelings that run across his work in all his mediums. Jesse Reno says his work is “An abstraction of time in ancient faces, viewed over a sound scape of fairy tales playing on record players tuned to black and white tvs. constellations and rainbows drawn like maps to the subconscious” Reno has recently been focused on creating drawings with markers this has shifted his style into further abstraction using shapes to create space and suggestions of faces hidden in stained glass over a white backdrop. Long time admires of Reno’s work have compared his new style to famous artists such as Miro and Doppler Mobiles with a twist of graffiti and cubism


Saturday, Sunday October 8,9,15,16

This is will be my 5th year participating in Portland Open Studios.  My studio/gallery will be open from 10-5pm each day. (the next two saturdays and sundays)
Come see over 300 paintings, drawings, prints, books, shirts, skateboards.  I will be live painting during the tour and taking questions about my process.
Hope to see you there – 3022 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Also Melissa Monroe will have our home studio open featuring her work.  Same days and times 9315 SE Market St, Portland, OR 97216
about a 10 minute drive from the studio

more info  –

Here is a video I made of Melissa’s studio!

(Los Angeles, CA) Show at Fig On 3rd

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

I have a new show at  Fig On 3rd in LA for the grand opening of their gallery. It will be up for the rest of August.



2 upcoming solo shows

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

I have 2 solo shows coming up next month in Oregon.

The first one opens on August 1st at The Hollow Gallery here in Portland. I will be in attendance, and possibly live painting. It is also the grand opening of the gallery, so be sure to stop by and show your support. I have an 8’x8′ piece on display which is the largest piece I’ve hung at a gallery to date. :)


the second show opens on August 10th on the coast at RiverSea Gallery in Astoria. I will also be in attendance for this show.

Show in Portugal opens March 22nd

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

The group show in Lisbon, Portugal that I am part of will be opening the night of March 22nd at AFK Gallery. The show will run until April 30th, so be sure to stop by if you happen to be in the area. If you get a chance to go, take some pictures and post them on my facebook page.


Solo Show In Mexico January 11th

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

First show of 2013 at Galleria Dante

Jesse Reno & Ignacio Guerrero

exhibit opens

Friday, January 11th, cocktails 6pm to 10pm


Stones Pulled By Stars - 29.5" x 32.5" on canvas acrylic, oil pastel, pencil

Reindeer Barge - 25" x 47" on canvas acrylic, oil pastel, pencil

Bear Tooth, Lions Mane, Pheonix Wings, And The Eyes Of Many Angels Tell The Bear To Show His Teeth - 19" x 24" on paper acrylic, oil pastel, pencil

Jesse Reno – A Self taught,  mixed media painter. He has been drawing since age 5, exhibiting since 2001. Has exhibited extensively in USA, Canada, Europe. This is his 4th year exhibiting in Puerto Vallarta. In his paintings, Portland-based artist Jesse Reno, the shamanic beings struggle to find their place in a world simultaneously on the verge of expanding and collapsing. Totem animals and Native American figures reverberate memories of people who once lived as one with nature. Marked by symbols, these figures seek their dreams in the growth of trees and the passing of spirits. On a quest to find their true selves, they collect feathers and relics left by past encounters and past lives. They learn to transcend the boundaries of the rational world evolving into a collage of what they have become and encountered. Jesse’s works are best described as: A Primitive Abstract Narrative. A process without pre-conceived plans just a thought and feeling following one after the other to become an idea… changing directions as forms emerge to find an idea free from judgment, something true in and of itself. From this a world of personal myth, iconography, symbols and beings are created. Reno presents us with a journey leading inward to ultimately expand outward: “If you have moved wisely your dreams will still grow when you are gone. My work acts for no reason other than to convey an inner struggle for expression – simple and direct. Open for interpretation. Always with purpose. Words mis-spelled, left out – just like real thinking, the disconnected string of thoughts that guides the day. This is my expression.”

Ignacio Guerrero, “Stop scratching the walls!”, is the phrase that his mother scolded him most consistently with in his childhood and of which he still remembers fondly. Even though he knew he would be punished, he continued to paint on the walls.  Born on December 4, 1963 in Guadalajara, he is essentially a self-taught artist. He displayed an interest in drawing and painting from childhood. After obtaining a degree in graphic design at the University of Guadalajara, he achieved the post of art director for several prestigious advertising agencies in the city, as well as illustrating for numerous magazines and newspapers. Nevertheless, he subsequently left the world of advertising to devote himself to painting; something that he feels gives him total freedom of expression. His work, which is surrealist in quality, has been exhibited more than 60 times in Mexico and abroad, in places as distant as Portugal, Italy, Australia and New York. And has to his credit many awards and special recognitions.  In 2009 and 2011, his work was selected by the National Committee of the international Biennale of contemporary art in Florence, Italy. “Paint until you drop”, says Ignacio; “or until there is nothing more to say to the canvas”. The fun surreal dream-world of Ignacio Guerrero, conjures up hiding places along the road to the impossible; the flight of a bird, cages, horses galloping with energy, mermaids, men and women in full, quasi-Kafkaesque, metamorphosis show familiar elements in this strange world produced from the depths of his acrylic and oil embedded brushes which create the poetry of his paintings. Everything that is observed is a game, a wonderful set of tones and textures. Motivated by fantastic muses, his pictorial work celebrates the life and obliges us to look at something that has not stopped being here, but we often forget: the harmony of nature.  Galleria Dante is located at #269 Basilio Badillo Cocktail reception 6 to 10 pm.


Colored Pencils event at Portland Art Museum

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Colored Pencils Art and Culture Councils is hosting an event at the Portland Art Museum on October 26th from 5:30pm-9pm. I will be in attendance to talk about my work and will have one of my larger masterpieces with me. Be sure to stop by as it is free admission day at the museum as well. :)

Video from CFA Gallery opening, La Jolla, CA

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Here is a video documenting the opening/live paint that I just did down in California at Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery.

The show runs all month, so be sure to stop by if you are in the area. Thanks to everybody at CFA for putting together a great event. And a big thanks to Leslie for connecting all the dots.

Rotofugi/Chicago Recap

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Just got back from the opening of my new solo show at Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago.  It was my first time in Chicago and I had an awesome time!

Thank you Kirby, David, Whitney and the rest of the Rotofugi crew for putting on a great show. And thank you to Jill and the rest of the Narens family for being amazing hosts. :)

Here are some images from the show….

Card For Show At Rotofugi

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Posting about this one more time since the show was scheduled with such short notice. Didnt want anyone to miss it incase they are able to go since I will be at the opening…

I am having a solo show at Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago. The opening is June 29th and it runs until July 29th.

Here are some images of the card for the show, and some other pieces that will be at the gallery. :)



Portland Fashion Week – Art Installation and Vending

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

I will have an installation on Wednesday, Oct 6th at Portland Fashion Week at the grand Vigor Industrial Shipyard.

Select featured artists exhibiting and vending books, prints, drawings and paintings.

Click the image below for details.