Bio / CV

Self Portrait

Ronald Houck was born in Salem, Oregon, but grew up in the greater San Francisco Bay Area of California. Ronald received an MFA in Figurative Painting from the Academy of Art University San Francisco in 2010 and a BA in Studio Art from California State University, Sacramento in 2010, with Magna Cum Laude honors.

During his high school years, he developed a love for both art and music. After high school, he continued to develop as an artist, while also becoming a professional musician, singer, and songwriter. He then formed a vocal trio with his wife and brother and performed throughout Northern California and Nevada for more than eight years.

He is best known for his expressive and figurative oil paintings that capture the mood, emotion and spirit of people in a variety of environments. Blending traditional and contemporary painting techniques, the artist compels viewers to uncover the mysteries and narratives within his work.

Ronald has done commissioned portraits for prominent patrons in Central California and is beginning to achieve national recognition as an artist through his award winning work displayed at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA in 2010, and through gallery exposure. Ronald is currently teaching as an adjunct art professor at Cosumnes River College in Elk Grove, CA, and at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. In addition, he teaches for the Art Institute of CA  on two campuses.

After raising three wonderful boys, he currently resides in Lodi, CA with his loving wife, Suzanne.

CV / Résumé

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  • 2010 – MFA   Figurative Painting   Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006 – BA   Studio Art California State University, Sacramento (magna cum laude)


  • 2012 – Salon International, International Museum of Contemporary Masters. Hosted by Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, Juried Exhibition (April 14th – May 4th)
  • 2012 – Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE, Special Recognition, 13th Annual Realism Juried Online International Art Exhibition (
  • 2011 – Lodi Community Arts Center 51st Annual Competition (Regional), Robert Mondavi’s Woodbridge Winery, 1st Place – Oil Painting
  • 2010 – Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, Ruby Zahn White 2nd Place Award
  • 2006 – California State Fair, Two Awards of Merit
  • 2005 – California State Fair, Award of Merit
  • 2005 – Phi Beta Kapa Honor Society

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2011 – Figurative Works of Ronald Houck, Arata Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA (October)
  • 2011 – Thesis Exhibition, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (February)
  • 2010 – Figuratively Speaking, Studio 20 Gallery, Lodi, CA

Group Shows

  • 2013 – LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Delta College, Stockton, CA – National Exhibition
  • 2012 – Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE (February –Online Juried International Show)
  • 2011 – Arata Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA (July)
  • 2011 – Spring Show Invitational, Academy of Art, Washington St., San Francisco, CA (May)
  • 2011 – 79 Montgomery Street Gallery, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (March)
  • 2010 – Studio 20 Gallery, Lodi, CA
  • 2006 – Selected Seniors Invitational Exhibition, Witt Gallery, California State University, Sacramento, CA
  • 2006 – Graduating Seniors Exhibition, Else Gallery, California State University, Sacramento, CA

Curatorial Experience

  • 2005 – Traditions from the Past (Southeast Asian Art), Witt Gallery, CA State University


  • 10/11/10 – Clemmie King, Five Artists Win Major Award in Haggin Exhibition, Stockton Record, Stockton, CA
  • 01/12/10 – Lori Gilbert, From Musician to Fine Artist, Sentinel Newspaper, Lodi, CA
  • 01/10/10 – Lauren Nelson, Lodi’s 3rd Gallery to Open Its Doors, Stockton Record, CA (Afterwards at McMenamins painting pictured in article)

Professional Activities

  • 2014 – Present   Art Appreciation, Drawing, Painting, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA, Adjunct Art Professor
  • 2014    Annual Art Show, Delicato Vineyards, Manteca, CA, Juror
  • 2013 – Present   Beginning/Intermediate Drawing, Panting, Color Theory & Composition, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA
  • 2010 – Present Foundational Drawing and Color Theory Lessons, Figurative Life Drawing and Anatomy, Art Institute of CA- Sacramento, CA, Instructor
  • 2011     Head/Figurative Drawing and Expressive Painting Lessons, Hutchins St. Center, Lodi, CA, Instructor
  • 2010 – Head/Figurative Drawing Lessons, Studio 20 Gallery, Lodi, CA, Instructor
  • 2010 – Annual Summer Art Show, Hutchins St. Community Center, Lodi, CA, Juror
  • 2009 – Head Drawing Lessons, Hutchins St. Community Center, Lodi, CA, Instructor

Teaching Experience

  • 2014 – Present    San Joaquin Delta College–Stockton, CA, Adjunct Art Professor
  • 2013 – Present    Cosumnes River College–Sacramento, CA, Adjunct Art Professor
  • 2010 – Present    Art Institute of California–Sacramento/Sunnyvale, Adjunct Art Professor
  • 2011 – Private Art Teacher, Charcoal/Pastel Drawing and Expressive Painting Classes, Hutchins St. Community Center & Privately, Lodi, CA


  • 2010 – Greg Burns, Wanda Bechtold, Owner of Jessie’s Grove Winery, Lodi, CA
  • 2010 – Stan Foster, Stan and Coryl Foster, Foster Lumber Company, Lodi, CA
  • 2010 – Stan Foster, Granddaughters of Stan and Coryl Foster, Lodi, CA

Professional Memberships

  • 2010 – Present Oil Painters of America

Gallery Representation

  • 2013 – Present –  Ronald Houck Studios, Lodi, CA
  • 2012 – Obsessions Fine Art Gallery, Truckee, CA
  • 2010 – Studio 20 Fine Art, Lodi, CA