Reginald Baylor, born November 1966 in Milwaukee, Wis., attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1984-88) where he was a sculpture major, but was encouraged to pursue commercial art and art education. Because of his fascination with a philosophy class, he became infatuated with the line and its theories and function.
After college, Reginald relocated to Southern California where he married his wife Jill (1991), and worked for the Laguna Beach Art Museum and Newport Beach Art Museum (1991-93). At this point, Reginald had set aside sculpting due to lack of space and resources and began to paint with acrylics. The experiences in the museum setting reinvigorated Reginald's pursuit of the process of fine art. The pivotal point in this path was a California straight-edge, minimalist artist who suggested that Reginald use masking tape as a tool for decisively executing the linear quality in his work.
Reginald received representation by his current private art dealer, Suzanne Zada of Beverly Hills, CA in 1995, the same year Reginald, his wife and two sons moved to Chicago, Ill. While living in Chicago, he began a career as an owner operator for Mason Dixon Trucking. He continuously worked towards mastering his aesthetics, craftsmanship and straight-edge techniques with his acrylic on canvas paintings.
Reginald returned to the Milwaukee area with his family in 1998 where he began exhibiting in numerous galleries and museums in Milwaukee. Reginald added a studio manager in 2005 in order to execute and further expand the complexities required in his process.
In 2007, Reginald was a recipient of a grant that allowed him to stay for one month at an artist residency at Ragdale in Lake Forest, Ill. As a direct result of the residency, he decided to stop driving a truck and pursue a full-time career in fine art.
Reginald Baylor is currently working from his studio in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. His “open studio” concept invites clients and the public into the space to interact and experience Reginald Baylor Studio for themselves.