Reynier Llanes was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1985. He attended the city’s school of art (Instructores de Arte) for four years and completed his studies in 2004. In Havana, Reynier was tutored by one of the country’s most recognized realist artists, Juan Miguel Suárez.
In 2007 Llanes availed himself of an opportunity to emigrate from Cuba and moved to the United States, first settling in Naples, FL and then in Charleston, SC.
In 2012 Oxford America recognized Llanes as one of the “New Superstars of Southern Art.” He was awarded a “first purchase award” for a piece now in the art collection of the city of Charleston 2011 at Moja Art Festival Juried Exhibition Award. His art is on permanent exhibition in the Museum collection of Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Cornell Fine Arts Museum Rollins College, and Snite Museum of Art – South Bend, Indiana. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout the east coast, among them the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, FL.
In 2015 Llanes relocated in Miami in order to take advantage of the city’s international art market and vibrant cultural life and to be closer to his home country. South Florida is, of course, home to a large Cuban exile and émigré community many of whose intellectuals, collectors, and fellow artists have welcomed Llanes into their cosmopolitan scene. Llanes has continued vigorously exhibiting in institutions such as art museum, universities and marketing his art with prestigious art dealers such as Harmon – Meek Gallery.