Ronald Hall's paintings are a kaleidoscopic fusion of urban energy, figurative and narrative by nature. Growing up amidst the crime ridden neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, led him to see art as both an informative and educational teaching tool. Born out of stories of fictional and non-fictional interpretations of African American tales and or fairy tales, his paintings attempt to challenge the viewers interpretation of what contemporary black art is. Ronald's work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and art museums internationally and throughout the US. A 2016 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture alumnus, Ronald also studied Illustration at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Ronald is currently working on a new body of work that will include Video and painting, and will continue to explore issues and themes that are affecting African Americans and popular culture within historical and contemporary contexts.

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My work is intended to create thought-provoking and narrative interpretations of historical and contemporary African American themes and related issues. Born of fictional or non-fictional stories, these narrative images also strive to provoke the human emotion, to ask questions, to spark a dialogue pertaining to race relations involving human interactions and reactions of toward the subject matter in various ways. For most of the paintings that I make, the computer plays an important role in the development process as far as color experimentation, compositional arrangements of elements, and scale. The images used for the collages in some of the paintings can come from various sources such as African American history books, newspapers, or internet resources. I want the viewers of my work to not only become directly engaged with the imagery, but to also walk away feeling as if they've learned something about themselves or about the relevancy of dealing with social or political issues in contemporary art from the perspective of an African American male.