Ron A. Cheek is a contemporary realist painter from Texas


His work has been exhibited at the Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas

The Arlington Museum of Art in Arlington, Texas

The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas

The J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University; College Station, Texas

The East Fork Gallery of Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center in Fort Worth, Texas


Cheek has also been a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize for the last 4 years consecutively. Cheek’s work is represented by Valley House Gallery in Dallas, Texas.


Cheek’s work has also been written about in the American Arts Quarterly, the Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Weekly, Fort Worth Magazine, 360 West, Southwest Art, and most recently Post-Modern Times: A Journal of Art History and Aesthetics


A brief history…

Cheek began his career in architecture. He received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University in 1989, and then moved to Colorado to practice architecture.


In 1997 he moved to Florence Italy where Cheek to studied Classical Drawing & Painting at the Florence Academy of Art.  In 2001 Cheek returned to Texas and began painting, exhibiting, and teaching full time.


Cheek has taught for the Colorado Institute of Art, Tarrant County College, TCU, given private workshops and lectures, and was awarded an Artist in Residency at Texas A&M University in 2010.


Cheek has been very deliberate about advancing figurative realism within the Texas contemporary art scene.  In 2007 he founded the Texas Academy of Figurative Art where he is the Director and primary instructor.


For over a decade now, his work could be characterized as possessing a classical realistic demeanor. The subject matter of his work is primarily figurative and still life, with some portraiture.  His interest in religion, coupled with his passion for psychology, has led him to a distinctive vision that is both contemporary and infused with faith.