Ronaldo was born in Rio de Janeiro and has resided in the U.S. since 1981; on Maui since 1989. Having earned a degree in illustration from Cal State Long Beach, this adventurous artist feels painting is his life work, always changing, always learning.
Growing up in Rio was nonetheless very exciting. Brazil's music, landscape, the people and the beaches are really inspiring to all, especially artists. Ronaldo's parents recognized his talents at an early age and were the most motivating force besides Ronaldo's own early passion for observing and drawing. In Brazil Ronaldo was too young for formal art training, leaving him to grow his skills on his own, when not in school or at the beach.
Arriving in the U.S. early 1981, Ronaldo was amazed by all the different opportunities to focus on Art as a career, as well as to be able to surf some of California's famous breaks. His high school years and college years were made possible with the support of his parents, Ronaldo's adopted American family; the Mayol's, and free-lance design jobs such as a sign painting business he created.
In the summer he was off to earn the next semester's tuition guiding the rivers of Northern California and abroad. But guiding rivers wasn't just about work. It was a place where he made friends for life, a place where he could experience great adrenaline as well as peace and tranquility. His travels throughout the earth's arteries such as Norway, Chile, Turkey, Costa Rica and the Grand Canyon was incredibly inspiring, cleansing, fun and full of discoveries.
After college Ronaldo continued to guide rivers in the summertime and discover more of Hawaii, its people, and the waves in the winter months.
On Maui in 1989, Ronaldo met artist George Allan and his wife Janet at a life drawing session at the artist's studio. From the next day on Ronaldo worked closely with George for the next six winters building frames, stretcher bars, kaleidoscopes, painting in the studio, painting on location, and just having fun.
George became a major influence in Ronaldo's work teaching him more about color, light, shapes, and all that he knows about palette knife technique. As a great friend and mentor, they continue to go out and paint as often as possible. Until 1994 Ronaldo showed at galleries throughout Maui and under the banyan tree. Since 1994 "Lahaina Galleries" has exhibited his prints and originals exclusively in Hawaii. Presently Ronaldo, Jennifer, Summer and their newest child Ocean have happily made their home at Puamana, Lahaina.
The river time doesn't last all summer anymore, but still an essential part of his life. Besides the river the artist takes time out to enjoy the outdoors, snowboarding, sailing and what brought him to Maui in the first place, surfing.
On their Santa Cruz 27 sailboat "Morning Missile" Ronaldo and his family go out cruising for some family time. Taking time to enjoy the spectacular Maui sunsets and the beauty of the west Maui mountains from the sea is all part of what it takes to get inspired and create the next image on canvas. The "Morning Missile" is also part of the Maui Boat & Yacht Club racing fleet.
Painting color and light, his paintings reflect his respect for the beauty of nature. Subjects such as his harbor scenes, plantation houses and pristine beaches stimulate our intellect to recall history and traditions as well as stirring our spirit with the beauty he portrays.
Truly, Lahaina Galleries is fortunate to represent the work of this wonderful artist. Each canvas celebrates a memory - fusing today's landscape and plantation houses with Hawaii's romantic past. Revisit the glory of paradise through the eyes of Ronaldo Macedo.