Reynaldo G. Ferdinand was born in Panama City, Panama in 1963. At the age of twelve (12), he began his Carnival Mask making and Costume Designing for the Panamanian Mardi-Gras Carnival. Except for a few lessons in Art School, in Panama City. Reynaldo is a self -taught Artist. In 1993, Reynaldo’s love for Carnival Festivities took him on the road.
He traveled throughout the United States and Canada Studying the Art form of Costume making. In 1994, he participated in Chicago’s first Caribbean Carnival. Since then, he has designed Costumes for several groups. He won Designer of the year in 1995.
His biggest accomplishment came in 1997-1998 and 2001-2002, where he won Band of the year in the Chicago Carifete Carnival. In the year of 2001, Alderman Ms. Leslie Hairston of the 5th Ward Introduced Reynaldo and the Caribbean Community Carnival Revelers to the Bud Billiken Parade, where they participated and won 2nd place out of 430 group participants.
In 2002, he also received an outstanding Achievement Award for his Contribution to the Arts and the City of Chicago, from Mayor Richard M. Daley. He was very instrumental in the Grand opening of the Millennium Park Parade Ceremony.
In 2004, he was selected to be the Choreographer for the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League Winter Fundraiser Party.
He was featured on Channel 11 “Art Beat Chicago Show” in 2005, for his portrayal of America in Chicago Carifete Carnival and also his Cultural Paintings of the Caribbean Diaspora. As the summer of 1998 in Chicago came to an end, Reynaldo developed a new love for painting.
His paintings act as a Mirror that reflects the people from the Caribbean and their culture.
Winner of the Sprint - House of Blues Chicago Art Contest 2016.
Reynaldo’s cultural paintings instill positive re-collection that reinforces a sense of purpose, dignity, value and self worth.
“He paints what made him”
His Art is a cry of Joy for his Community, his Family and the Geography of Panama City. Painting is an Art Form that comes from Above and from the Depths of your Heart!!!