Biography

With every stroke made to music, or during every dance of splatter or splash of paint, Rhinold progresses one step closer to his goal of beautifying the world with colorful, explosive and provocative images.  He famously declares that he paints for “myself” but his passion and love for creating paintings that move others emotionally is self-evident.  Rhinold’s unique works are not easily characterized as he seems to experiment and cross traditional lines of categorization.  He easily mixes abstract with figurative as he does symbolism with the concrete, or politics with sports.

While his works draw on a number of themes, most of his paintings focus on humanity’s faith and will to overcome adversity.  He is largely interested in expressions of hope and faith as unifying elements in a diverse society. He is perhaps best known for his iconic sports pieces which test the interaction of line, motion painting and the human form. He has been told that his sports work is “LeRoy Neiman meets Jackson Pollack,” which makes sense since he loves the work of both artists.

Born in 1959, Rhinold Lamar Ponder was raised on the Southside of Chicago, Illinois.  He currently works and lives in Princeton, New Jersey, a brush flick away from his alma mater, Princeton University.  Rhinold  was an award winning art student in Chicago before he attended Princeton University where he obtained his A.B. in politics.  As a high school student (Dunbar Vocational H.S.), Rhinold won an honorable mention for his oil-like work with acrylics in a national Hallmark competition.  He also won honors in Chicago’s citywide annual industrial arts competition as a commercial art major.   In the 1980’ thru 90s, his love of art gave way to his pursuit of advanced degrees and careers in Journalism, African-American studies and law.  After a nearly 20 year hiatus from painting, in 2002 Rhinold recommitted himself to expressing his vision of the world through colorful, abstract, symbolic and provocative acrylic paintings.

Rhinold is currently a member st-ART, an on-line art Gallery is set to exhibit works in the fall of 2013 and has a solo exhibit scheduled for June, 2013.  His work can also be seen on the Black Art In America website.

Rhinold has exhibited his work in a variety of  non-traditional venues and art galleries.  He has been featured at coffee houses and bookstores such as Barnes and Noble (New Brunswick) and Border Bookstores (Princeton).    His work has been exhibited  at the Sweet Tree Gallery (Princeton), Gallery Guichard (Chicago) and Mill Hill Playhouse (Trenton). .  His favorite places to exhibit are at the home of fun and loving collectors.  He has been hosted by patrons and collectors such Kim Evans, Monica Weeks, and David Addams.  He is always open to having art parties hosted by friend, so feel free to invite him.  Rhinold also uses his artwork to facilitate his philanthropic goals ($1.5 Million by 2020); he has donated works to organizations such as the Girl Scouts of Delaware Raritan, Princeton Education Foundation, The Women’s Fund of New Jersey, TASP (Trenton After School Program).


Rhinold is one of 11 siblings, but the oldest of eight born of Carrie Ponder.  He is married to former Mayor of Princeton Township, Michele Tuck Ponder and has two children.