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Today we’d like to introduce you to RT.

Reena Tolentino, AKA “RT” in the Art world is transforming into today’s rising modern, pop-art, street artist. She grew up in the City of Angeles.  She left Los Angeles to attend college in Utah and San Diego then returned to LA to finish her BA in Communication Studies. During her college years, she would not only hang out with her friends from the Art Center, but also collaborated and created art with them. RT developed her hobby of creating art as a child, and eventually realized that art meant more to her than merely a hobby. RT’s earlier art style closely resembled Matisse’s and Monet’s style. While in college, she expanded her artistic mode and dabbled in symbolisms drawn from life’s polarity particularly characterized in Tinsel Town by Hollywood Icons who have passed on. She created her own art style when she fused both and developed her own series of Hollywood Pop Art.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why, and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
RT is known for her Pop Art and Abstract Art style. She loves using acrylic as her medium on canvas along with glitter and diamond dust on her paintings. She focuses on Icons of the past and present. She is intrigued by what caused their intrapersonal conflict and struggles and how they were able to maintain a balance, if any, in their personal lives, how they developed their social personas amidst the glaring public eye and what propelled their exceptional careers. Like Method Acting, RT uses this same method with her art. She likes to visit their graves, paint where they have lived, listen to their biographies, music, watch their films, read their quotes and do things that resembled the life of the Icon as it pertained to their love of their craft in film, TV and Theater. “We have a lot to learn from them. They have a lot to tell us just by the lifestyles they chose. I like understanding human behavior and the underlying motivation from these artists. I hope people can gain varied perspectives from my art depicting their life and an understanding of their complexities, through pain, happiness, ups and downs and to hopefully, gain an awareness of how they affected the world while they lived.”

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think the world is more accepting of new and upcoming artists and seeing the value in the arts by collecting their art and the promotion of it. At the same time, I see the arts being taken away from public education. Every generation has its fight to battle. One generation isn’t greater than the other. “Artists, please be aware of who you work with. Some have your BEST interest and want to encourage your growth and genuinely want to see you bloom while, there are those who will nickel and dime you and promise false illusions of grandeur. Be careful. Never let anyone drain your energy. Keep on creating despite the situation.”

Other than the City of LA, other cities can foster art events and art foundations to help guide artists of all ages by encouraging them to participate in art shows, art festivals, exhibits in galleries and the like. If you see potential, take a chance.

And for city governments to provide creative ways to infuse the much needed funds in the nationwide school system to encourage a strong foundation in the arts for our students.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
RT’s work can be viewed on her artist website: https://www.reenatolentino.com/art

Also on her Instagram page:  https://www.instagram.com/reenatolentino/.

You can also book a private appointment to view her work at O Gallery in West Hollywood.

O Gallery Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ogalleryla/

Please support by attending her art shows and following her Instagram page and engaging with her!  “I love when people converse with me about my art. Especially deep conversations about art development and the thought process that goes into creating a piece.”

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Image Credit:
Max Blanc, Kurtis Asberry, Monik Phan, RT

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