Joseph Renda Jr. is a fine artist living and working in Chicago. Renda is intrigued with unifying contrary ideas such as life and entropy, chaos and order and nature and mankind. While integrating stylistic approaches from classicism, surrealism and urban contemporary art, Renda utilizes urban materials such as spray-paint with traditional oil painting mediums and techniques. An emphasis on the value of material and unique mark-making can be found within the technical aspects of the work. His creative process ranges from throwing chemicals on top of paint to obtain uncontrollable reactions, to highly refined realism and trompe l’oeil. He is influenced by the human experience, examination of self, synchronicity and surrealism.