Lauren Rinaldi makes work that lives in the space where objectification, female power, and empowerment intersect and blur. She uses oil paintings, mixed media drawings and sketches as her vehicles to explore ideas about intimacy, gaze, body-image, sexuality and self-identity. She looks to the women in her life for inspiration and works to weave their experiences with her own, creating a shared narrative that celebrates women while acknowledging obstacles they often face. While Rinaldi’s portraits are often modeled after her own body, they communicate stories of universal importance in our contemporary moment. Focusing closely on particular regions of the body––legs, heads, torsos––Rinaldi detaches the image from the self-portrait or any particular person, instead offering psychological representations that manifest societal pressures that affect woman. Her images provide a mysterious woman and want for narrative, but without conclusion, giving comment on woman’s many deemed roles, challenging viewers to move beyond stereotypes and first impressions.
Lauren Rinaldi (b. 1983, Brooklyn, NY) is an American artist living and working in Philadelphia, PA. She studied painting and drawing at Tyler School of Art, where she earned her BFA in 2006. Since then, her solo shows have included Representative (2020); Still Standing (2018); Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters (2015); At Arm’s Length (2014); and An Accidental Masterpiece (2011), all at Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia and she has exhibited her work extensively in group shows throughout Philadelphia and the US.
2012 The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA Muralist Training Program and Apprenticeship
2006 Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA BFA, Painting
2004 Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy, Study Abroad Program
Awards & Honors
2018 Let’s Connect Top 20 Artist, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia PA
2016 Micro-grant Recipient, InLiquid and Blick Art Supplies
2015 Rad Artist of the Year Nominee, Philadelphia Rad Girls, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Alma Finestone Memorial Award, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
People’s Choice Award Finalist, 3rd Ward Philly’s Learn.Make.Inspire, Philadelphia, PA
2012 Award of Merit II, The Berks Art Alliance, Reading, PA
2011 Juror’s Recognition Award, Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center, Philadelphia, PA