Paul Rinaldi
I'm interested in creating art that speaks with the lyrical qualities of poetry and the abstract rhythms of music.

Paul Rinaldi is a Chicago-based visual artist whose work has been exhibited at museums, galleries, and cultural centers in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. Principally a painter, working with encaustic and acrylic, Rinaldi also produces drawings, and photographic works. His artwork is represented by Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, and Circa Gallery in Minneapolis, and is included in numerous private, corporate and public collections. In 1988, Rinaldi received the Silvermine Guild Prize for Painting in the Art of the Northeast USA exhibition juried by Linda Shearer, Curator of Contemporary Art at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Rinaldi studied painting and art history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 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 and taught painting & drawing at the American University in Cairo. Rinaldi currently teaches and coordinates the Fine Arts program at Prairie State College.