Born in the tiny town of Owosso, Michigan, the last day of 1978, Aaron was soon adopted by the Reicherts and raised in Hartland, Michigan. A talented artist from the age of twelve, Aaron made portraits of his personal heroes from history, stage, film and television. After graduating high school, he went to Chicago, where he received a BFA from Loyola University with emphasis on theatre and sculpture. He then studied theatrical arts at the School at Steppenwolf. For several years, art became his off-hours activity while he explored the world of acting, producing, and set construction.
After coming to New Orleans to work on film, painting soon became his full-time occupation. His subjects were always people — people found in quiet moments of solitude. From childhood, he had been fascinated by hazy, black and white Civil War photographs, particularly those of Abraham Lincoln, a figure of considerable loneness. Reichert’s faces and figures are hewn with pallet knife out of passages of black and white. Working without a detailed plan, he paints intuitively, shaping an environment of energy seemingly below the skin of the subject. From a distance, we see a dramatic figure; from close up, we confront a spontaneous orchestration of particles bursting from the canvas. Like many other notable portraitists — Van Gogh, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Richard Avedon — Reichert has created a technique that gets beneath the surface of his subjects and revitalizes the art form.
Reichert has had numerous gallery shows and juried exhibitions in New York, Miami, and New Orleans. (2010-2014). In 2012, he was in group shows at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center. In 2013, he was given a solo show, “Women”, at the Meridian Museum of Art (2013). That same year he participated in SCOPE, NYC, and Art Basel, Switzerland, as part of SCOPE. His work has appeared in several art publications, including the cover article of Art Voices.
2006 Middlebury College Russian Language Program
2003 School at Steppenwolf, Chicago
2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Loyola University, Chicago
2012 Vermont Studio Center
2015 Being, Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2013 Women, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS
2011 Faces in the Hallway, Steve Martin Fine Art, New Orleans LA
2010 Faces, Steve Martin Fine Art, New Orleans, LA
2010 An American Consciousness, Jupiter Art Projects, New Orleans, LA
2014 Identity, Snap, Orlando, FL
2014 The Murray Affair, San Francisco Public Works, San Francisco, CA
2013 SCOPE Basel, (with Untitled Art Projects) Basel, Switzerland
2013 SLU Fine Art Showcase, Southern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
2013 SCOPE New York, (with Untitled Art Projects) New York, NY
2012 NOLA NOW II: The Human Figure, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
2012 G40, Art Wino, Washington DC
2011 Fountain Art Fair, Untitled Art Projects, Miami, FL
2011 Fusion VIII - Synesthesia, Art Fusion Gallery, Miami, FL
2011 Energy Spectrum, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS
2011 Art of Engagement, Art Fusion Gallery, Miami, FL
2010 Emerge, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
2010 No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2010 Affordable Art Fair, (with Jupiter Art Projects) New York, NY
2010 100 Square Feet, ArtEgg Studios, New Orleans/London
2010 Carnivale du Vin, New Orleans, LA
2010 Arts After Dark, ArtEgg Studios, New Orleans, LA
Falik, Adam. “Aaron Reichert, In the Studio.” Art Voices Spring, 2013: 4-7. Print. (cover)
Breaux, Adam. “Letting Eclectic Style Roll in New Orleans” Houzz.com, August, 2013. web.
Allen, Libby. “In Search of a Quiet Moment.” Art New Orleans Winter, 2012: 24. Print.
Allen, Libby. “Capturing Honesty in a Quiet Moment.” New Orleans Living November, 2012: 26. Print. (cover)
Allen, Libby. “The Art of Vertical Living.” Art New Orleans Fall, 2012: 28-30. Print.
Wino Mag, Volume 1, May, 2012. Print.
Waterman, Miriam. Babel, 2011. Print.
Falik, Adam. The Saratoga Collection. New Orleans, LA: UNO Press, 2011: 82-83.
Made In New Orleans, November, 2013
The Saratoga Collection, New Orleans
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