Born in Houston in 1951, Ron Arena earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 1976. Currently an art teacher in the Houston public school system, he remains actively involved in the visual arts, producing serigraphs and paintings as well as murals and applied art for both private homes and public spaces. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Texas, New Mexico and California, and has been featured in Southwest Art and Art Voice magazines.
"I am continually enchanted by the land, inhabitants, flora and fauna of Mexico and the Southwest. Brought up in the symbolism and rituals of Catholicism, I am also fascinated by the myths, legends and folkways of tribal cultures around the world.
My work is a synthesis of these influences. While the style or technique has varied through the years, the work has always been characterized by recurrent elements or themes: Wilderness and it's creatures, the Desert, the Earth Mother/Madonna, the Shaman, Spirits, Angels, Death and the Devil, any or all of which may appear in my work."
2008 - The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX
2005 - Houston Heights Association
2002 - Art league of Houston
1995 - Recuerdos Gallery, San Antonio TX
1983 - Dagen Bela Galeria, San Antonio,TX
1982 - Galeria Sigala, Taos, New Mexico
1981 - Random Canyon Gallery, Houston TX
1980 - Little Egypt Galleries, Houston TX