Michael Reafsnyder is an adjunct professor in Claremont Graduate University’s Art Department. Although they look like the product of spontaneous gestural painting, Reafsnyder’s works are in fact carefully crafted to convey their sense of frenetic energy, each brushstroke, thick swath of acrylic, or vibrant color deftly deployed in the creation of an overall sense of manic exuberance. He shares these practices with his studio art students at CGU.
Reafsnyder received his MFA at Art Center College of Design in California. Since then, he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout his career. His solo exhibitions have been held at such venues as Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York; Blum and Poe, Santa Monica, California; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City; Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain; Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; and W. C. C. A., Singapore. His work in group exhibitions has been similarly expansive.
In 2005, Reafsnyder was the subject of a solo exhibition of his paintings from 2002 to 2005 at the Las Vegas Art Museum. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art-San Diego, Columbus Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum.
Today, Reafsnyder continues to paint and teach in Southern California and is represented by Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe in New York.
Michael Reafsnyder. 2015. Solo exhibition. New York: Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.
Sunday Best. 2014. Solo exhibition. Los Angeles: Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.
We Ate the House. 2013. Solo exhibition. New York: Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.
Gleam. 2012. Solo exhibition. La Jolla, California: RB Stevenson Gallery.
Feast. 2011. Solo exhibition. New York: Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.
Delight. 2011. Solo exhibition. Dallas, Texas: Marty Walker Gallery.