Born in Weiden, Germany, in 1960 Reinhard was a navigator on a submarine for several years before he started painting on glass. His father Rudolf Schmid taught him the classical glass painting techniques as well as the new ones he invented. Over the last 20 years Reinhard Schmid refined the use of pencil and watercolor on reverse side of glass and developed it in combination with old masters techniques into his very own distinct style.
In the early 90’s Reinhard worked with “Jaro Art Galleries”, Madison Ave., New York and maintained a residence in Chicago, IL, for over ten years. Since 1993 he is also the curator of the “Gewölbe der Geheimnisse” (Vaults of the Secrets) in his home town Viechtach, Germany, where he works on a large scale version of the Tarot cards on glass (5 x 14 m!).
Reinhard’s work is a sensual combination of fantastic, surreal images and his unique technique. His paintings are whimsical and mostly with a humorous or erotic touch.
Reinhard’s artworks can be found in private collections in Europe, The U.S.A. and Japan. He worked for several years with “Gallerie Bäumler” in Regensburg and “Jaro Art Galleries” in New York which also showed his work at the New York Art Expo. Since 1990 Schmid operates his own gallery.
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