Paul Rinaldi is a Chicago-based visual artist working with encaustic and acrylic. He studied painting and art history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and he received his MFA degree in 1988 from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, where he studied with Philip Pearlstein, Allen D’Arcangelo, and Lee Bontecou. From 1991 through 1998 he lived in Egypt where he taught painting and drawing at the American University in Cairo.
In all of his art, he is interested in creating images that engage the lyrical and metaphorical aspects of poetry as well as the abstract rhythms found in music. He seeks to create art that is deceptively simple—seemingly capable of being grasped in an instant, though in truth, revealing its content only through the prolonged contemplation of a viewer.
Paul currently teaches and coordinates the Fine Arts program at Prairie State College. His work has been exhibited at museums, galleries, and cultural centers in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe.