Ray Kleinlein was born in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. Through a self-designed program of concurrent study at The Ohio State University and The Columbus College of Art and Design he earned a BA in Painting with minors in Art History and English. He earned an MFA in both Painting and Art History at Ohio University in 1998.
Kleinlein had his first one man gallery show while still in graduate school. Since then he’s exhibited extensively in one person and group shows in galleries and museums throughout the country, and art fairs such as Art Chicago and Art Miami. He is currently represented by the Paul Thiebaud gallery in San Francisco; Rosenthal Fine Art in Chicago; the Keny Gallery in Columbus; Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghampton, NY; and Parker Art Consulting.
Kleinlein's work has been chosen for numerous juried shows by prominent figures including artists David Reed and William Bailey, Hirshhorn Gallery Director James Demetrion, and Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for The New Yorker. He has twice been awarded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowships in addition to other national prizes.
His work has been lauded in reviews in The Charlotte Observer, The Columbus Dispatch, The Commercial Appeal, and has received national recognition in the magazines New American Paintings and Southern Living.
Kleinlein’s paintings are in several museum collections in the United States (The Southern Ohio Museum, The Canton Museum of Art, The Zanesville Museum or Art, and Davidson College) and over 300 corporate and private collections throughout the world.
Ray Kleinlein lives outside Nashville with his wife and two children.